Posted by: diabetescoalition | August 16, 2011

Poverty Increases Diabetes Prevalence

By Mona Huff, KRDC Henery County Organizer

According to an article on Helen Overfield, the director of the American Diabetes Association in Louisville, a person is being diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds.  That sounds like we are in epidemic proportions.  This article was in Sunday’s, 8-7-11, Courier Journal (  Some of the facts that she shared were frightening and sobering.  She stated that a child born in the year 2000, 1 out of 3 will face diabetes in their lifetime.  However, if that child is of African-American or Hispanic population the stats are 1 out of 2.
Although, this article did not refer to poverty multiple studies have shown this is also an enormous influence on diabetes.  In fact, researchers from York University analyzed two sets of data: the Canadian Community Health Survey and the National Population survey for a study published in the journal Health Policy.  The results show that men making less than $15,000 per year are at double the risk of developing diabetes than those making $80,000.  For women it is three times the risk.
Treating and understanding diabetes is complicated.  Of course, one knows that heredity, obesity, physical activity and eating habits play an enormous role in diabetes.  However, there are other layers that are just now surfacing.  Poverty is only one of them.  We must look at all of society and our environment and work as partners to explore answers for this complex problem.  Will you help?
One way is to be part of the walk on the waterfront- “Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes” in Louisville, KY on Oct 15, 2011.  Anyone can walk and you have the choice of 1 or 3 miles.  All money raised will be used for diabetes research.
Another way to become an advocate for diabetes is to be a part of the diabetes grant received by KIPDA and University of Louisville for Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby Counties.  We are in the process of assessing the communities and will address the needs as they are discovered.  If you live in any of these counties, you may contact Bonnie Buchanan for additional information at 502-266-5571 or    If you live in Henry County and want to attend the local coalition meeting, it is the 2nd Thursday of every month at 10:30 A.M. until Noon at the 4-H Building at the Fair Grounds.  I may be reached at 502-845-6849 or



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