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Secondary Conditions--Diabetes

Secondary Conditions Table of Contents

Although not as common as other conditions, diabetes is the most troublesome secondary condition for women with physical disabilities.

  • Rates of disability are substantially higher among persons with diabetes than among persons without this disease.
  • One study reported 65 percent of the people with diabetes attributed their physical limitations to diabetes with 35 percent attributing their physical limitations to other causes (diabetes as a secondary condition)
  • Preliminary findings from another study found 30-35 percent of their sample of 443 women with physical disabilities as having diabetes as a secondary condition.
  • Diabetes is highly correlated with lack of mobility, potentially putting women with disabilities at a higher risk for developing diabetes.
  • Another study identified rates of physical limitations for people with diabetes as higher among women than among men, and higher among blacks than among whites. In 1996, 39 percent of person's with diabetes reported physical limitations when attempting major activities; 23 percent reported being physically unable to perform major activities.
  • The consequences of the coexistence of diabetes and disability include increased use of health care services, unemployment, work absenteeism, and decreased quality of life.

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