Women with Type 1 at Risk of Bone Disease
38% of women with Type 1 over the age of 65 have osteoporosis or osteopenia.
According to Glu, a T1D Exchange research study concluded that women with Type 1 diabetes often suffer from higher rates of osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Among 2,582 women with Type 1, 11% had been diagnosed with either osteoporosis or osteopenia. That percentage triples with older women; 38% of women with Type 1 who were 65 years old or older had one of the bone diseases.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes bones to become fragile due to bone loss or a lack of bone cell production. While osteopenia is similar to osteoporosis, the main difference is that bone loss is less severe. The study, presented at the annual American Society for Bone and Mineral Research meeting in 2014, was conducted to shed light on the causes of bone disease in women with Type 1.
Researchers examined a variety of factors but failed to find a definitive reason for why this occurs and determined that more research will be needed.
This is the second study recently published that focuses on the unique health challenges of women with Type 1. A recent study in Australia concluded that women with Type 1 had a higher mortality rate than men with the condition.
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