Women With Diabetes: Quality of Health Care, 2004-2005

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 

Activity Limitation

Women with activity limitation in the past year, by diagnosed diabetes status (left) and gender (right), 2004

Bar charts show percentage of women with activity limitation. By diagnosed diabetes status: Women with diagnosed diabetes, 43%; women without diabetes, 12%; all women, 14%. By gender: Women with diagnosed diabetes: Total, 43%; Ages 18-44, 22%; Ages 45-66, 41%; Age 65 and over, 49%. Men with diagnosed diabetes: Total, 33%; Ages 18-44, not given; Ages 45-66, 29%; Age 65 and over, 39%.

* 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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Internet Citation: General Health and Well-Being. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/women-and-diabetes-2004-2005/wmdiab5.html