New Study Suggest Better Awareness of Diabetic Children’s Food Supply is Needed
Many families who have children with diabetes suffer great financial burdens. The cost of supplies and medications/insulin can be very costly. When you have a household of four people and one child is, diabetic that child may not be getting the proper food they need to keep the diabetes under control due to the other expenses.
Dr. Elizabeth Cummings, "A household is food secure when all members have access to food that is safe and varied enough to meet their nutritional needs. Families who are hungry, who use food banks or food stamps, or those who worry about affording food are considered food insecure." A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service states that 17.4 million households had difficulty providing enough food for their families.
The Effects a Lack of Food Supply Have on Diabetic Children
"Children from food insecure families had poorer diabetes control and were 3.7 times more likely to require hospitalization for diabetes within the past year." Said Dr. Cummings.
The study was performed to help improve awareness in hopes of these diabetic children who live in insecure food households can get the help needed to insure they get the recommended and correct daily amount of food they need to keep their diabetes under control.