Yu Chen, Ph.D. Prevention Effectiveness Fellow Division of Diabetes Translation CDC

Diabetes: Income Inequalities Continue to Widen

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Yu Chen, Ph.D. Prevention Effectiveness Fellow Division of Diabetes Translation CDC

Dr. Yu Chen

Yu Chen, Ph.D.
Prevention Effectiveness Fellow
Division of Diabetes Translation

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: Overall prevalence of diabetes has increased over the past two decades in the US, disproportionately affecting populations with low-income. The age-adjusted prevalence of diagnosed diabetes among adults aged 18 years or older increased from 6.4% in 1999−2002 to 9.4% in 2013−2016. Between 2011 and 2014, compared with persons with high income, the relative percentage increase in diabetes prevalence was 40.0%, 74.1%, and 100.4% for those classified as middle income, near poor and poor, respectively. However, recent changes in income-related inequalities in diabetes prevalence are unknown.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?

Response: In this study, researchers examined the income-related inequalities in diabetes in 2001−2018 among US adults aged 18 years and older. They found that diabetes was more prevalent in populations with low-income over the past two decades in the U.S., with greater income-related inequalities among females and middle-aged adults.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Populations with low income are more likely to have diabetes, and income-related inequalities in diabetes appear to have widened over the past decade.

This research suggests that addressing risk factors early and developing and scaling effective type 2 diabetes prevention interventions among populations with lower income can help reduce diabetes inequalities. 

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: Additional research is needed to further investigate the factors accounting for inequalities in diabetes prevalence.

Citation: Findings were presented at the virtual 81st Scientific Sessions held by the American Diabetes Association® (ADA). 

Income-Related Inequalities in Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence among U.S. Adults, 2001-2018



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Last Updated on June 30, 2021 by Marie Benz MD FAAD