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  1. Patil, Shivajirao P. MD, MPH, BC-ADM
  2. Craven, Kay MPH, RDN, LDN, CDE
  3. Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RDN, LDN


In this article, we present a case from our Interprofessional Diabetes Clinic to describe assessment and impact of food insecurity on a patient's overall health and how the healthcare providers' recognition of food insecurity changed the management of a patient with type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, and depression. This approach to treating patients with food insecurity may also apply to individuals with diabetes who regularly skip meals; are inconsistent with their carbohydrate intake, for whatever reason; or routinely engage in fasting. Healthcare professionals should screen all patients for food insecurity, educate patients to use appropriate coping strategies, adjust medications to minimize adverse effects, recognize that food insecurity is cyclical for most, connect patients with community resources, and advocate for services in clinics and hospitals.