ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HEMOGLOBIN A1C LEVELS AND LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS IN OLDER ADULTS IN A SOUTHEASTERN AREA
Niyati Danda1, Kivana Keane1, Trudy Moore-Harrison1, L. Jerome Brandon, FACSM2. 1University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. 2Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze if older adults with lower socioeconomic status (LSES) were more likely to have higher Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels compared to their higher socioeconomic status (HSES) counterparts. Methods: Adults 55 years and older participated in a voluntary community health risk assessment at their local senior centers. Blood profiles were completed via the PTS Diagnostics A1C Now machine to assess hemoglobin (HbA1c) three individual times over the course of nine months as part of the health risk assessments. Individuals were divided into two separate groups, LSES ($33,912-$38,156) and HSES ($62,276-$103,416), based on their average yearly income and senior center site. Results: A total of 37 older adults (55+) participated in this study, with a sample group of 16 representing the LSES area and a sample group of 21 representing the HSES area. The average HbA1c level in HSES older adults over a span of nine months was 5.72, while in LSES older adults it was 6.23. Conclusion: HbA1c levels were significantly higher in individuals with LSES than individuals with HSES.
Danda, N; Keane, K; Moore-Harrison, T; and Brandon, FACSM, LJ
"ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HEMOGLOBIN A1C LEVELS AND LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS IN OLDER ADULTS IN A SOUTHEASTERN AREA,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 16:
1, Article 51.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol16/iss1/51