In recent years, it has become very evident that non-communicable diseases adversely affect large numbers of women. Gender differentials in access to healthcare, screening services and treatment make women particularly vulnerable to specific non-communicable diseases.
Women are said to account for half the people living with diabetes, and in some countries they have preponderance over men. With changes in lifestyle and the increasing prevalence of obesity, diabetes is affecting younger women of reproductive age and increasing the risk of pregnancy complications. Diabetes has an impact on the sexual and reproductive health and lives of men and women, but these interlinks are very seldom explored and talked about.
There is evidence that diabetes has its inception in the womb and yet this evidence has not caught the imagination and attention of SRHR practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and implementers.