Research highlights women's risk of diabetes

Jan 26, 2011

Research looks at the risk factors of women and diabetes

New research published in the December issue of Diabetes Care highlights the progress being made in the lifespan of those living with type 1 diabetes.

According to the report, mortality rates are declining for those with the condition. However, women with type 1 diabetes are 13 times more likely to die than those who don't have the disease.

Study senior author Dr. Trevor Orchard says further research needs to be completed to determine what factors are causing this pronounced difference in women.

"This greater effect of diabetes for women is not seen as strongly in studies in other parts of the world," says Orchard. "One thing that is clear is that we need to pay special attention to their care and treatment and continue to investigate why they might be disproportionately impacted by the long-term consequences of this disease."

Generally speaking, those with the condition pay more for their life insurance. While there isn't a clear cause for type 1 diabetes, there is a correlation between being overweight and type 2 diabetes. Ensuring one eats a proper diet can help cut a person's risk of developing the ailment.  

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