Over a fourteen year period (1993-2006) diabetes related hospitalizations increased by 66%. This study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, shows an even more marked increase for people in their 30s. Diabetes related hospitalizations for both men and women nearly doubled, but women were 1.3 time more likely to be admitted than their male counterparts.
According to study authors, this discrepancy could be due to women receiving less preventative care for their diabetes. Pregnancy can be a factor on the development and progression of diabetes, but this study shows that impending motherhood is not the main culprit. Researchers blame these figures on high obesity rates in the age 20-39 female segment of the population and less aggressive medical management of women’s cases of diabetes.