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  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online publication date: August 2009

15 - Diabetes in mid-life women

from Part III - Disease prevention

Summary

The incidence and prevalence of diabetes is increasing worldwide. This chapter examines the diagnosis, prevention, and management of diabetes in mid-life women. In mid life, type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Diagnostic criteria and classification schemes for diabetes have been proposed and published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and World Health Organization (WHO). Risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes include obesity, physical inactivity, age, and family history of type 2 diabetes. Good glycemic control, through education, self-blood glucose monitoring, diet, and exercise, as well as medications, is important to minimize the increased health risks associated with diabetes. Since the complications of diabetes, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, end-stage renal disease, and lower-extremity amputation, are more prevalent with advancing age and duration of diabetes, mid-life women with diabetes must advocate for their own healthcare management.
FURTHER RESOURCES
American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org
The Endocrine Society: www.endo-society.org
Information on diabetes and menopause: www.mayoclinic.com
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