General Health and Well-Being
Women with diabetes are more than twice as likely as women without diabetes to have physical limitations.36 The prevalence of physical limitations is especially marked among older women with diabetes (age 60 and over). Among this group, it was reported that diabetes is a contributor to slower walking speed, decreased balance, substandard lower extremity function, and an increased risk of falling.37,38
Women with activity limitation in the past year, by diagnosed diabetes status (left) and gender (right), 2004
* Estimate for men ages 18-44 did not meet sample size criteria.
Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2004.
Appendix table number: Tables 11a and 11b.
- Women with diagnosed diabetes were significantly more likely than women without diabetes to report having an activity limitation.
- For the total population and for ages 45-64 and 65 and over, women with diagnosed diabetes were significantly more likely than men with diagnosed diabetes to report having an activity limitation.
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