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Social Determinants of Health and Risks for Developing Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Complications

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases, and Disease Prevention".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 303

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Department of Public Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA
Interests: diabetes; race; ethnicity; socioeconomic status; neighborhood; physical environment; food insecurity; access to health care; social cohesion; social capital; social support; health inequalities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, the incidence of type-2 diabetes, as well as the prevalence of complications due to diabetes, is estimated to increase in the next few years if effective interventions are not adequately implemented. The incidence, complications and mortality due to diabetes causes a substantial burden among racial and ethnic minority groups. Accumulating evidence suggests that social determinants of health (SDOH) contribute to disparities in health outcomes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines SDOH as nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. These include where a person is born, grows, works, lives and age, as well as the wider set of forces and systems that shape the conditions of daily life. The quest to achieve health equity among populations has brought SDOH to the forefront as an essential avenue of intervention. Therefore, understanding how major domains of SDOH as set by Healthy People 2030, namely, socioeconomic status (education, income and occupation); neighborhood and physical environment (housing, built environment and toxic environmental exposures); food environment (food insecurity and food access); health care (access, affordability and quality); social context (social cohesion, social capital and social support); and interventions targeting these domains of SDOH are related to the risks for developing diabetes and diabetes-related complications are of uttermost importance to both enhance value-based care for populations and improve quality of life. Manuscripts from different disciplines addressing these topics are invited for submission to this Special Issue.

Dr. Duke Appiah
Guest Editor

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  • diabetes
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • socioeconomic status
  • neighborhood
  • physical environment
  • food insecurity
  • access to health care
  • social cohesion
  • social capital
  • social support
  • health inequalities

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