Thursday, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Young people struggling to afford food face increased risk diabetes Later in life, it may be due to the long-term effects of eating cheaper, less nutritious foods.
That’s what researchers concluded after analyzing data from nearly 4,000 people in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health.
Between 32 and 42 years of age, reported higher incidence of diabetes food insecurity The study found that people between the ages of 24 and 32 struggled more without food than those who struggled when they were younger.
“When we looked at the data 10 years later, we did see this segregation in diabetes prevalence: those who experienced a risk of food insecurity in youth were more likely to have diabetes in mid-adulthood,” lead study author Cassandra Nguyen said. She is an assistant professor at Washington State University’s Institute for Research and Education for the Advancement of Community Health.
Previous research has linked food insecurity with many health problems, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension — but the researchers noted that the study showed a link over time, suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship.
The exact reasons for the link between food insecurity and increases diabetes risk It’s unclear, but previous research has shown that food insecurity often leads to malnutrition.
“Eating according to dietary guidelines tends to cost more money and may take more time,” Nguyen said in a university news release. “It’s not always available for families with restrictions, Such as transportation to low-cost, nutrient-dense food sources.”
Nguyen also points out that food insecurity can create a negative cycle of reinforcement: food insecurity can lead to diets that increase disease risk, which can lead to additional health care costs, further pressure financial hardship for households and lead to greater food insecurity.
While the researchers found racial/ethnic differences, the number of minorities in the study may be too small to demonstrate a pattern.
The findings were recently published in Tonhe Nutrition Journal.
“It is important to ensure that individuals who are experiencing food insecurity can be identified and that they have the resources to break the cycle,” Nguyen concluded.
Hunger + Health has more on food insecurity.
Source: Washington State University, Press Release, May 9, 2022