Exhaustion Of Food Budgets At Month’s End And Hospital Admissions For Hypoglycemia

Title

Exhaustion Of Food Budgets At Month’s End And Hospital Admissions For Hypoglycemia

Creator

Seligman HK; Bolger AF; Guzman D; López A; Bibbins-Domingo K

Publisher

Health Affairs

Date

2014

Subject

Determinants Of Health; Disparities

Description

One in seven US households cannot reliably afford food. Food budgets are more frequently exhausted at the end of a month than at other points in time. We postulated that this monthly pattern influenced health outcomes, such as risk for hypoglycemia among people with diabetes. Using administrative data on inpatient admissions in California for 2000–08, we found that admissions for hypoglycemia were more common in the low-income than the high-income population (270 versus 200 admissions per 100,000). Risk for hypoglycemia admission increased 27 percent in the last week of the month compared to the first week in the low-income population, but we observed no similar temporal variation in the high-income population. These findings suggest that exhaustion of food budgets might be an important driver of health inequities. Policy solutions to improve stable access to nutrition in low-income populations and raise awareness of the health risks of food insecurity might be warranted.
2014-01

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

116-123

Issue

1

Volume

33

Citation

Seligman HK; Bolger AF; Guzman D; López A; Bibbins-Domingo K, “Exhaustion Of Food Budgets At Month’s End And Hospital Admissions For Hypoglycemia,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14846.

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