Lesbian, Bisexual Women at Greater Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

What you sexually identify as may impact your risk of developing the most common type of diabetes, a study suggests. The findings, published in May 2018 in Diabetes Care, found that women who self-identify as lesbian or bisexual may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who identify as heterosexual.

Although previous research on the topic has been inconclusive, the researchers weren’t surprised by their results.

“It’s been known in the public health community that individuals with minority social statuses and individuals with stigma-based identities are at increased risk for having health disparities,” says one of the study’s authors, Heather L. Corliss, PhD, MPH, a professor at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University in California.

Minority Stress in Lesbian and Bisexual Women May Have Increased Their Risk for Diabetes

One of the many reasons for this may be due to stress. But it’s not the typical type of stress that likely comes to mind — rather, it’s a type often discussed in sociology and psychology literature, and it’s known as “minority stress.”

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