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Chronic Illness May Make it Harder to Maintain Healthy Food Supply

Posted on February 14, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A study involving survey information from over 77,000 individuals aged 18 to 64 found that households with an adult who suffered from a chronic illness have more difficulty putting food on the table. Researchers at the Universities of Toronto and Calgary used data from the 2007-08 Canadian Community Health Survey. They published the study online in the Journal of Nutrition.

Previous research showed that inability to maintain a healthy diet with nutritious food in substantial amounts could lead to poor health. The new research found that the opposite was also true – chronic health conditions impaired many households from obtaining a substantial diet.

Further, researchers found that the more chronic illnesses from which adults suffered, the greater the food insecurity in the household.  According to the researchers, this relationship may be due to medical costs of caring for a chronic illness that deplete resources for purchasing food. Coping with a chronic illness may also decrease the time and energy adults have to shop, prepare food, and seek resources for financial help.

Chronic Illness and Disability Benefits

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic illness, it may impair ability to work and earn an income to support life needs. In cases where a chronic illness results in disability to where you cannot work or perform substantial gainful activity, Social Security disability benefits may be available to provide financial support.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a special type of disability benefit for those who are disabled and have limited income and resources. This benefit may be available to your family to help pay for food and medication necessary for maintaining your health.

If a disabling chronic illness is making it hard to make ends meet and maintain food supplies in your household, you may apply for Social Security disability benefits. When you’re ready to get started, contact the Disability Help Group to begin your claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332