Diabetic Risk Taking: The Role of Information, Education and Medication

30 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 1998

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Matthew E. Kahn

University of Southern California; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 24, 1998


Diet adherence is a key determinant in minimizing the risk of diabetes health complications. To not adjust one's diet and habits such as smoking and exercise is to implicitly take a gamble. This paper uses repeated cross-sections of the NHANES from 1971-1994 to study whether diabetics are making "better" choices over time relative to earlier cohorts and to non-diabetics, and whether diabetics are making healthier choices than observationally identical non-diagnosed diabetics. Finally, this paper studies whether diabetic access to improved diabetic medicine has created offsetting incentives such that diet compliance falls.

JEL Classification: Z22

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Matthew E., Diabetic Risk Taking: The Role of Information, Education and Medication (January 24, 1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=62974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.62974

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