Women and diabetes

Nurs Clin North Am. 2006 Dec;41(4):549-65, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2006.07.004.


Women with diabetes face unique health challenges throughout their life cycle. Health concerns begin at puberty and continue throughout the reproductive years and later stages of life. Diabetes can have a significant impact on puberty, menstruation, reproduction, and cardiovascular and bone health. All women with diabetes require an individualized reproductive health plan that addresses contraception, the importance of planning pregnancies, and life-style changes. Anticipatory guidance and education in each phase of development can help the woman with diabetes avoid health care problems, reduce her risk of complications, and achieve a health outcome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus* / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus* / therapy
  • Diabetes, Gestational / diagnosis
  • Diabetes, Gestational / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menopause
  • Menstruation
  • Middle Aged
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / etiology
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy in Diabetics / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy in Diabetics / therapy
  • Women's Health*