Dating a girl with diabetes
By age 20 years, 40%-60% of people with type 1 diabetes have evidence of retinopathy, or diabetic eye disease. The risk for developing proliferative retinopathy—the most severe form—is higher for girls than for boys (in at least one study).An estimated 1.3 million women of reproductive age have diabetes; about 500,000 of them do not know they have the disease.Women of minority racial and ethnic groups are two to four times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have type 2 diabetes.Reproductive-aged women with type 2 diabetes have fewer years of education, have lower income, and are less likely to be employed than women without diabetes.Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 5% of all pregnancies but disappears when a pregnancy is over.
Because women make up a greater proportion of the elderly population and women with diabetes live longer than their male counterparts, elderly women with diabetes outnumber elderly men with diabetes.
Eating disorders may be higher among young women with type 1 diabetes than among young women in the general population.
There is an apparent increase in the number of youth of all racial and ethnic groups being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and it appears to be more common among girls than boys.
Estimates of the overall prevalence of gestational diabetes in the United States range from at least 2.5% to 4% of pregnancies that result in singleton live births, with higher percentages among some ethnic groups and older women.
Most gestational diabetes occurs in women with risk factors for type 2 diabetes; they are unable to secrete sufficient insulin to overcome the increased insulin resistance that normally results as pregnancy proceeds.
Nearly 30 million battle diabetes and every 23 seconds someone new is diagnosed.