December 24, 2013

Diabetes in Prison


jailApparently one-third of the US population has been arrested by the age of 23. So for the handful of people that need to know, a study published in Future Medicine gives the cold, hard facts about diabetes in prison.

In the US, there are 2 million prisoners. Of that population, 80,000 people have diabetes. The cost of room and board is increased when you add diabetes management to the tab.

The average inmate costs $21,000 per year. Hopefully we’re not calculating for 3-5 years but in the sense of a per diem stay, we’re looking at a bill of about $58 per day. With diabetes management, it’s probably closer to $70.

Without nickel and diming the system, it’s pretty obvious that the nutritional content of jail grub is neither healthy nor designed for a diabetes-friendly lifestyle. On the bright side, prisoners do get outside for an hour a day. That’s more than some upper-middle class kids in NYC public schools.

This is not a campaign for state penitentiaries. If you have diabetes and don’t like your options with Obamacare, don’t despair. Ifyou had your druthers, which you do, understand that diabetes management is a luxury you surrender with your sentencing.

Don’t panic, though. If you do have to spend a few lonely nights behind bars, there is a handbook on the sanctioned treatment of people with diabetes. Thanks to Diabetes Care, people with diabetes lawful or not, will get due medical attention in lockup.

Visit Your Diabetes Health for more resources about health.