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Forbes: New Study Reveals the Hidden Health Cost of Cutting Food Stamps

Melanie Wong | Jan 8, 201408:26 PM

"About one in seven American households can’t consistently afford to buy food and most people who receive SNAP benefits—better known as food stamps—run out before the end of the third week. Then they face a decision: whether to spend whatever money they have left on food, rent, heat or other items.

For people with diabetes, that is a particularly grim choice that carries serious consequences. The new study, released today in the journal Health Affairs, shows that hospital admissions for hypoglycemia—episodes of low-blood sugar that can cause complications ranging from dizziness to stroke—spike in the final week of each month among low-income Californians. "

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