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ABSTRACT

Diabetes is epidemic in the United States. More than half of the victims are women, and women from vulnerable populations have particularly high rates of diabetes. In addition, long-term complications of diabetes are contributing factors to poverty, disability, and premature death, and complications of diabetes are more common and more serious in women. The provision of health care to women with diabetes must include knowledge of the pharmacotherapeutic agents used to treat diabetes to provide care that compliments and does not complicate diabetes management.