Lifestyle Medicine Can Address Diabetes Disparities


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Type 2 diabetes is one of the top health conditions impacting California—with a greater impact than either coronary artery disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Sadly, those who live in poor neighborhoods or have lower levels of education are more likely to have type 2 diabetes. This is in part due to disparities in social determinants of health, such as access to fresh food, quality health care and safe recreational facilities.

However, we can minimize the harmful effects of these disparities by designing programs that offer accessible, evidence-based interventions that empower people to take control of their own health.