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Intersection of Food Security and Diabetes Workshop, Centre for Studies in Food Security

Toronto, Ontario
February 25, 2015

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Kerr Hall West 375A, Ryerson University

Access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food not only affects the health of people who experience food insecurity, but also their ability to manage health conditions, such as diabetes. When people find it difficult to access sufficient food, tailoring their food selection to a diabetes regimen is even more difficult. Food insecurity in North America is consistently more prevalent among households with a person living with diabetes, and similarly diabetes is also more prevalent in food-insecure households. Diabetes management can be stressful due to the many required responsibilities; when compounded with food insecurity, it becomes an even greater challenge. As a result, many food-insecure individuals with diabetes find themselves caught between competing priorities such as procuring food, prescribed medications and supplies for diabetes, and managing other living expenses, potentially worsening their condition and overall health. Healthcare providers should be aware and informed about the significant role that food security can play in the management of diabetes. A client case scenario will be incorporated into this session to further explore the impact of food insecurity on diabetes self-management.  Factors impacting diet quality, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, and medication management will be discussed.  Further, community resources will be shared to assist healthcare providers in connecting clients to available community programs.


  • Enza Gucciardi, MHSc, PhD, is an Associate Professor, in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University.
  • Sandra Fitzpatrick, B.A.Sc, RD, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

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