For adults with diabetes, food insecurity and low income level are major barriers to accessing nutritious food. As a result, this can lead to eating foods that are harmful to health. In particular, eating fresh vegetables is well below recommended levels in the United States. In this study from Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, we looked at the health impacts of medical prescriptions for fresh vegetables in adults with or at risk of type 2 diabetes. Overall, 145 adults (74% Hispanic/Latino) helped us with the study. In 3 months, there was a dramatic improvement in food security. This was linked to a drop in blood pressure and waist size. For people with diabetes and a high HbA1c level (above 7.0%), this also dropped significantly in 3 months. We also found that participants’ sleep and mood were much better after receiving the vegetables. These results support our current belief that improving access to good food improves health.
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