The Next Front Line of the Coronavirus Pandemic is Food Insecurity

Photo credit: Arturo Olmos
Photo credit: Arturo Olmos

From Esquire

It’s been nearly a year since the virus that changed everything arrived in America, and we’re starting to grasp the impact the coronavirus will have on our bodies and our communities. Before the pandemic, more than 37 million people lived in households that couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to proper amounts of nutritious food. (Keep in mind that households with children, too, are more likely to struggle with food insecurity.) Even if the number was the lowest we’ve seen since the Great Recession, it’s still a horrifying amount that experts believe will grow by as many as 17 million this year due to increasing unemployment rates.

Photo credit: Arturo Olmos
Photo credit: Arturo Olmos

With food insecurity quickly becoming the next frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, food banks and pantries in the United States are now under increased pressure, working to feed as many people (many of

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Housing Insecurity Predictive of Poor Glycemic Control

People with type 2 diabetes who faced housing insecurity had worse glycemic outcomes, a new study found.

Among adults with type 2 diabetes in Northern California, those who had at least one address change in a year showed significantly higher rates of HbA1c over 9% compared with those with no address change (27.2% vs 21.4%, P=0001), reported Tainayah Thomas, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland.

In an adjusted model, this equated to a 14% higher relative risk of having an HbA1c above 9% (RR 1.14, 95% CI 1.05-1.25), Thomas explained at the virtual European Association for the Study of Diabetes 2020 meeting.

“Implications of our study are that an address change may be an early warning sign of housing insecurity or stress that could be used to trigger screening or other intervention,” she said during a press conference.

Likewise, those with one or more

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