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.

You may be interested in our new book, A Woman's Guide to Diabetes: A Path to Wellness.

Coronary Heart Disease

One in three women will die of heart disease compared to one in nine women dying of breast cancer.

Sexual Health

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.

Women and Diabetes: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about the issues related to women and diabetes.

Explore: Women

  • Depression

    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.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

    Because many women with PCOS also have diabetes, studies are examining the relationship between PCOS and the body's ability to produce insulin.

  • Diabetes and Reproductive Health for Girls

    Learn about how diabetes affects a girl's reproductive health. This free resource covers everything from puberty to having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

  • Pregnancy

    If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes before getting pregnant, you can have a relatively normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Expecting? Learn why women who have never had diabetes may be at risk during pregnancy.

  • Tour de Cure Women's Series

    What better way to spend time with your girlfriends than doing something active together that celebrates your health? Ladies, grab your bike, call your friends and be a part of the Tour de Cure Women’s Series, which is a new signature fundraising event for the Association.