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Diabetes can be especially hard on women because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children. Learn more about what you can do to lower your risk.
cheerful women

Diabetes can cause difficulties during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects. Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack, and at a younger age, than women without diabetes. You may be interested in our book, Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know About Diabetes—Simply Put.

mental health


Women experience depression about twice as often as men. The risk of depression increases in women with diabetes.

Eating disorders

Research suggests that eating disorders are probably more common among women with diabetes than women who do not have diabetes.