How Homelessness Complicates Treating Diabetes

“People say I should eat better because of my diabetes. Diabetes doesn't care if you're hungry. When you're homeless you eat what you can.” V. Batcher

Each year in Canada, an estimated 235,000 individuals are homeless. In the States, that number is 2.3 to 3.5 million.

In Canada, as in the States, homelessness has a complicated association with poor health. People at risk of losing their home tend to have heavier disease burdens. In New York City, for instance, 6.3 percent of a subset of newly homeless people had diabetes mellitus, compared to 1.9 percent of the same age group in the general population.

Homeless adults are

3 times more likely to have diabetes

than the general population.