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November 28, 2014

Poverty Makes People Sick

Matthew O’Brien shows how “poverty literally makes people sick because they can’t afford food.”

“People struggling to make it paycheck-to-paycheck (or benefits-to-benefits) might run out of money at the end of the month—and have to cut back on food. If they have diabetes, this hunger could turn into an even more severe health problem: low blood sugar. So we should expect a surge of hypoglycemia cases at the end of each month for low-income people, but not for anybody else.”

The takeaway: “Poverty begets poverty. So anything that stops some of this cycle of bad jobs, bad health, and broken homes could reduce spending on the rest … We can’t separate social policy and health policy for low-income households.”

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