If there are women in your life you have probably noticed that most of us have times of instability. Whether it is emotional, physical or mental, women seem to get the short end of the stick. There are so many hormonal changes in a woman’s body that it is just plain hard to keep up with it. It’s no wonder there is a stigma that woman can be a little crazy and hard to understand. Many of us don’t really understand what is going on inside our bodies at any given point in our life, and therefore don’t know how to control it.

According to Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD, of HER Place, mood disorders occur two to three times more often in women than in men. From puberty through postmenopause, women experience a continuous cycle of hormonal fluctuations that affect brain chemistry and, therefore, their moods and bodies. As women with type 1 diabetes, this means we have not only changing moods to worry about but also our future and longevity, according to the results of a recent study.

The study was conducted by Australian researchers, and led by Rachel Huxley, director of the Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Center at the University of Queensland. They revealed that women living with type 1 diabetes have a 40% higher risk of dying from complications due to diabetes, especially from a stroke or kidney disease, than men with type 1 diabetes.

“Women may have a harder time controlling blood sugar levels due to a number of factors, such as changing hormone levels, particularly during puberty, that can affect the body's sensitivity to insulin and cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels,” Health Day reported about the study’s findings.

The Australian researchers stated that they were not able to find a definite reason as to why women die more frequently from diabetes related complications, just that they do.

Women living with type 1 diabetes do have unique challenges to face in life. In addition, fear can be powerful and have a negative effect on our health. We can’t let a fear of developing possible complications control how we live our lives.

There were many factors mentioned in the study that can make it more difficult for women to have good control, but we each are in charge of our own health and our future. Those that take the appropriate steps to care for their physical, emotional and mental health and put in the effort to have good diabetes control do not have to fall victim to the many possible complications caused by poor diabetes control. Even as women with type 1 diabetes, we can live long healthy lives despite the plethora of challenges that we face.

To learn more about women and diabetes:

Women, Diabetes and Heart Disease
PTSD and Diabetes in Women
Women and Minorities at Higher Risk for Diabetes