Physical Health

In a study of men using homeless shelters in Toronto, homeless men's mortality rate was 8.3 times the mortality rate of the general male population in the same city in the 18-24 year old age group, 3.7 in the 25-44 year old group, and 2.3 times the 45-64 year old group (Hwang, 2000). The rates of traumatic disorders, skin and blood vessel disorders, respiratory diseases, and chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are higher in the homeless population than in the general population (Institute for Medicine, 1988). Of great concern are homeless individuals with infectious tuberculosis who sleep in crowded shelters and are not able to adhere to their medication regimen.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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