The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Poverty Causes Diabetes Emergencies

Jan 20, 2014

According to a new study in California, poor people with diabetes are much more likely to go to the hospital for dangerously low blood sugar at the end of the month. The researchers think this is because millions of people rely on government benefits that come at the beginning of the month, and they run out of money by the end of the month. On top of that, rent and other bills are usually due at the end of the month, leaving low-wage workers and people who rely on government benefits without enough for food.

Of course, running out of food each month can have many other serious health consequences too. It can even contribute to obesity, since the cheapest food is usually the least healthy.

Like health care, shelter, and clean water, regular access to food should be a human right. After all, we need to eat to live!