Diabetes and Income :: Diabetes Self-Management

I first read about this study in the NYTimes health blog and a lot of commenters were upset because the study doesn’t say whether they are talking about people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. When I read it I assumed it was regarding type 1’s because the study followed teenagers on up and while there are some teens with type 2, the majority of teens with diabetes have type 1.

All that aside, what’s interesting to me about this study is the examination of the social impact of diabetes. Whether there are success stories or not (thankfully there are many success stories of people exceeding expectations with diabetes), it’s important to recognize and draw attention to the set backs. If people are truly not graduating from high school and college as often as their non-diabetic peers, this is important to examine. We can’t make a difference if we don’t look at all sides, the good and the bad.

So here is the bad:

This study tracked 15,000 people over a period of 14 years, from high school until their early 30’s. What they found was discouraging: At every point in time, people with diabetes were behind their peers in both education and income. High school students with diabetes were 6% likelier to drop out than those without diabetes. People with diabetes were less likely to go to college, and at age 30 they were 10% less likely than those without diabetes to have a job. Based on data from the study as well as outside data on salary trends, it was found that people with diabetes earn, on average, at least $160,000 less over the course of a lifetime than people without diabetes.

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Lets find a way to make this better.

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