Housing linked to black diabetic risk

Thu, 16 Aug 2007
Housing has rarely been linked to the risk of diabetes before, but a new study indicates that they do play a role.

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute and Washington University found that fair to poor housing conditions are associated greater risk of diabetes development amongst urban, middle-aged black people.

The team took the time to study both men and women in their homes. For comparison, they investigated two St. Louis neighbourhoods. One was a poor, inner-city area. The other was a suburban area whose residents came from all kinds of socioeconomic backgrounds.

The research concluded that housing conditions influenced the risk of developing diabetes. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
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