Ottawa Facing Increase in Type 2 Diabetes Rates; Especially in Low-Income Groups

On Wednesday, Statistics Canada report disclosed that there is an increase in the people affected with Type 2 diabetes in the Ottawa city and specifically in low-income neighborhoods, as told by health officials.

The report is based on the study carried out for 15 years, which brought out that women living on less-income are more prone to type-2 diabetes, as compared to women who have high income.

Simone Thibault, Executive Director of the Centretown Community Health Centre stated the study would assist them in framing the programs more efficiently, taking into consideration the vulnerable group. She also initiated an 11-year community diabetes program for the inhabitants.

Citing the causes of occurrence of diabetes in low-income women, the report laid down reasons such as taking cheap and unhealthy food and exercising a little. They are also addicted to smoking and are more likely to be obese or overweight. Other factors can be that they face more stressful conditions that trigger the disease.

The study was conducted between 1994 and 2008 and involved 12,333 respondents, who were 18 years and older. It was found that around 7.2% of males and 6.3% of females contracted diabetes or got succumb to that after 15 years.

In the low-income people, medical attention varies than others and less dependence on medication can increase the blood sugar levels, as expressed by Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta, a co-author in the study.