Do Women Have Different Diabetes Risk Factors?

July 2016

Most risk factors for diabetes apply to both men and women: weight, inactivity, family history, race, age, high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels. But there are two additional factors that apply to women only:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome. For women, having polycystic ovary syndrome – a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity — increases the risk of diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes. If you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes later increases. If you gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, you’re also at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

These factors should be a consideration when you talk with your doctor about your risk for prediabetes and diabetes. Know your health history and keep your healthcare team up to date on any changes in your health.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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