Azara Blog: Surprise, poorer people not as healthy as richer people

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Date published: 2006/11/14

The BBC says:

Britain's poorest communities are 2.5 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than the general population, research suggests.

They are also 3.5 times more likely to develop serious complications of diabetes, including heart disease.

The report, by the charity Diabetes UK and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, calls for action to tackle social inequalities.

What a surprise, rich people are healthier than poor people, who would have thought it. And is being poor making people unhealthy or is being unhealthy making people poor or something much more complicated? Unfortunately this question is completely lost on the chattering classes, who have an agenda to pursue. No doubt this "research" will be followed by the inevitable demand to solve all problems via the taxation system. If these people manage to find one disease which affects rich people more than poor people (and there is bound to be one) are they going to throw their arms up hysterically and complain about "social inequalities"? Why is the country wasting money on this kind of pointless "research"?

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