Over 15 million women in the U.S. currently have diabetes
It’s time we pay attention.
As most of us in healthcare know, disease impacts people differently based on social drivers of health—non-medical factors and social forces that influence health outcomes. Thankfully, research practices have been steadily adapting to capture these nuances and come up with better ways to promote healthy living. However, there’s still more work to be done when it comes to one of the most prevalent and costly chronic conditions in the U.S.—diabetes.
Over 15 million women in the U.S. currently have diabetes and that number will likely continue to grow. While there is a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes in men than women, there are ways diabetes affects women more severely that cannot be overlooked.
For instance, women have particular risk factors, present different symptoms, and tend to have more complications once diagnosed than men. The disparity in health outcomes is even more pronounced when we consider differences among women such as race, class, and education that shape an individual’s healthcare journey.
As an industry leader in science-based diabetes care, Omada continues to follow the research, which consistently shows us that women have higher diabetic-related death rates than men and face unique obstacles to getting care.
To tackle this disparity head-on, we need to better understand why women experience diabetes differently and explore new avenues for helping women access the high-quality care they need.