Friday, November 13, 2015
FOOD PANTRIES FIGHT DIABETES
Food insecurity is a risk factor for poor diabetes control, yet few diabetes interventions address this important factor. A recent study suggests that food pantries may be ideal sites for diabetes self-management support because they can provide free diabetes-appropriate food to people in low-income communities. Between February 2012 and March 2014, the study enrolled 687 food pantry clients with diabetes in three states in a six-month pilot intervention that provided them with diabetes-appropriate food, blood sugar monitoring, primary care referral, and self-management support. The intervention showed improvements in blood sugar control, fruit and vegetable intake, self-efficacy, and medication adherence.
Source: Urban Institute, 11/5/15, Food Pantries & Diabetes