Women's Health Matters

Text Size
Jump to body content


Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thinner and more porous. As a result, fractures are more likely to occur. Although osteoporosis is common in women as they age because of the reduction of estrogen after menopause, younger women need to be concerned about osteoporosis too. Some women with diabetes, especially those with type 1 diabetes, have a higher incidence of osteoporosis if blood glucose levels have been high for a prolonged period. They may also develop osteoporosis prior to menopause.

If they are overweight, women with type 2 diabetes tend to have a lower instance of osteoporosis. However, a recent study suggests that women with type 2 diabetes, who are over 65 years of age, have a greater risk of hip and shoulder fractures than women in general. This is the case regardless of bone density or weight. It is possible that poor vision or nerve damage, or high blood glucose levels may increase the risk of fractures. More research is needed to support these results, but they do offer another reason for women to take good care of themselves over the years.

For more information on osteoporosis, and its treatment and prevention, visit our Osteoporosis Health Centre.


Jump to top page

  • A publication of:
  • Women's College Hospital