Study: Low income Minnesotans more likely to have diabetes
ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report has found adult Minnesotans living in households earning less than $35,000 per year are nearly two and a half times more likely to have diabetes than Minnesotans living in households with annual incomes more than $35,000.
The diabetes rate for working-age (18- to 64-year-olds) Minnesotans living in households with incomes less than $35,000 is 12.5 percent, compared to a rate of 5 percent for working-age Minnesotans living in households with incomes greater than $35,000.
“This research highlights the close links between health, income and financial stability,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “It’s an unhealthy cycle in which low income can contribute to getting diabetes, and having diabetes can limit a person’s earnings and ability to work.”