A Statistics Canada study released today finds that the instances of diabetes in low-income households is higher in women than in men. This report is the result of 15 years of research tracked by the National Population Health Survey (NPHS). The prevalence of diabetes is often associated with socio-economics, this new research clarifies and reinforces the links between low-income women and instances of diabetes.
Another interesting batch of research is the Toronto Diabetes Atlas which finds that high rates of diabetes occur in areas where people are less active, where there are no bike lanes, where people drive instead of walk. Their key findings, of course, include the link between low income and diabetes. These are all things that many of us know are associated with diabetes, but all of these factors, like income, location, community, diet, and activity, are what we refer to as “social determinants of health.” Ideally, people can afford to buy healthy food and live in communities that encourage activity, but we know that this is not always the case. What’s the solution? And, how do we get there?
Have a look at some of Wellesley Institute’s research and solutions to how policy reform can reduce poverty, increase equal access to services, fund better housing, promote healthy, active living – all factors that play a significant role in our health and wellbeing.