Women and Diabetes

The risk factors for type 1 diabetes are still being researched. However, having a family member with type 1 diabetes increases the risk for developing the condition, as does the presence of some genetic factors.

There are numerous modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors1 for the development of type 2 diabetes.


Modifiable risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy
  • Physical inactivity


Non-modifiable risk factors:

  • Ethnicity
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Increasing age—women over 50 years

1 IDF Diabetes Atlas. 5th ed. [Internet]. Brussels (Belgium): International Diabetes Federation, 2011. [cited 2013 April] Available from:

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