Lesbian and bisexual women may be up to a third more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study.
Many of the risk factors for diabetes are lifestyle habits that can be changed. Being physically active, eating right, and trying to maintain a healthy weight can all lower the risk.
Some other factors, such as ethnicity or genes, are hard to change, but being aware that you may be at risk is still useful for preventing the metabolic disease.
For instance, African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans are known to be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
New research suggests that sexual orientation might also be a risk factor worth adding to the list.
The new study — which was led by Heather L. Corliss, a professor at San Diego State University’s Graduate School of Public Health in California — suggests that women who identify as lesbian or bisexual are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care.