Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity 2016-11-28T14:17:38-08:00

Food insecurity, which refers to going hungry or being at risk for going hungry because of the inability to afford food, leads to poor health outcomes. Through important research done right here at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, we know there is a clear relationship between food insecurity and chronic disease. Specifically, there are higher rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes among populations that are food insecure. Among diabetics, those who suffer food insecurity have higher blood sugar levels, greater difficulty following a diabetic diet, greater emotional distress related to diabetes, more low blood sugar events, and greater healthcare utilization.