Diabetes


Congress Can Help Prevent Diabetes with Healthy School Lunches

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

From Freddie Gray to the Flint drinking water crisis, the reality of historic and systemic racial inequality in America is making headlines. Communities of color and low-income communities also face deep-rooted inequities in our food system, including unequal access to healthy foods. Cutting school lunches for millions of low-income kids would only exacerbate this inequality, but Congress seems poised to do just that.

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Food Access and Diabetes Rates in Communities of Color: Connecting the Dots

, food systems & health analyst

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization issued a call to action on diabetes—highlighting the need to prevent this devastating and costly metabolic disease.  The Union of Concerned Scientists has also been focusing on preventing diabetes—but by fixing our broken food system. Read more >

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This National Public Health Week, a Look at Prevention and the US Food System

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

As National Public Health Week winds down, I’m left thinking about what it really means to prevent disease and promote good health. And whether our food system, and the public policies in place to guide it, are set up to do that. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.) Read more >

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Understanding the CDC’s New Report: What Are Diabetes Incidence and Prevalence?

, food systems & health analyst

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their latest report on diabetes in the United States. According to the report, new cases of diabetes declined by 20 percent between 2008 and 2014. However, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States is still at an all-time sugar high. Since the 1980s, diabetes rates have more than quadrupled and approximately 9.3 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes. So how can one statistic be declining (new cases) and the other be rising? Read more >

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World Diabetes Day and the Rise of Diabetes in the United States

, food systems & health analyst

Around the world, diabetes affects approximately 370 million adults. In the United States, diabetes rates among adults have more than tripled since the 1980s and approximately 11 percent of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. If this trend continues, nearly 30 percent of adults could have diabetes by 2050, with communities of color being disproportionately affected. In 2012, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. was $245 billion. People diagnosed with diabetes have medical expenditures approximately 3 times higher than people without diabetes. Read more >

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