Diabetes can be especially hard on women. The burden of diabetes on women is unique because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children.
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.
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One in three women will die of heart disease compared to one in nine women dying of breast cancer.
Some women with diabetes have less interest in sex because of depression or changes in blood glucose levels that can leave them feeling tired or irritable.
Find out more about the issues related to women and diabetes.