Can you die from diabetes?
Men, women, and children can develop diabetes, but the disease can present problems unique to women. A 2007 study found that between 1971 and 2000, death rates for men with diabetes declined, but death rates for women did not.
In general, women live longer than men do because they have a lower risk of heart disease, but when women develop diabetes, their risk for heart disease skyrockets, and death by heart failure is more likely in women than in men. Another study also found that in people with diabetes, heart attacks are more often fatal for women than they are for men. Other examples of how diabetes affects women differently than men are:
Kidney disease is complication of type 1 diabetes, and type 2, that affect women more strongly than men.
Depression is twice as common in women with diabetes as it is in men with diabetes.
Women with diabetes are more prone to poor blood sugar control (which can lead to hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia), obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol than men with diabetes.
There are several reasons suggested for why both type 1 and type 2 diabetes may affect women more dramatically than men:
In women with diabetes, the HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels drop, which results in greater heart disease risk, they have less estrogen, and lower levels of estrogen are associated with kidney disease. Women with diabetes may receive less effective health care, particularly for heart disease and heart disease risk factors. Women with diabetes often have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a risk factor for diabetes, and can result in problems getting pregnant.