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Female diabetes patients face unique health risks
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Q: Are women with diabetes at a higher risk for other complications and health threats?A: Diabetes prevention or control should be a key component of every woman's health maintenance plan. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nearly 10 percent of women in the United States have diabetes, and about one third of them do not realize they have it. Since proper diabetes management is key to preventing health complications, undiagnosed diabetes can be especially threatening.When diabetes is not managed, it can lead to a number of serious and life-threatening complications, such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness or damaging foot ulcers that can result in amputation.