Diabetes Among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness: An Overview

This video provides a brief overview of the prevalence of diabetes among individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as of the health challenges that can be caused by diabetes complications. Among the estimated 2.5 to 3.5 million people experiencing homelessness, 8 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes. That number could be higher considering that people experiencing homelessness may not have access to adequate care for a diagnosis.

This 3-minute animated video provides a brief statistical overview of the prevalence of diabetes in people experiencing homelessness, as well as the challenges they face from diabetes complications. It also addresses common misconceptions people have about people experiencing homelessness. For example, 57 percent of adults experiencing homelessness are overweight or obese because they do not have access to balanced meals, do not sleep well, and their bodies store more fat during times of scarcity. This video is part one of a two-part series, with the second video providing recommendations to providers on how best to support individuals experiencing homelessness who have diabetes.

This resource was first shared in 2019.

(Animated Video, YouTube)

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