$524,403 Gov't Study Examines Link Between Diabetes and Lesbian, Bisexual Women

By Melanie Arter | December 16, 2014 | 4:57 PM EST

Danielle Powell, right, and her spouse Michelle Rogers are photographed in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(CNSNews.com) - The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded $524,403 in taxpayer dollars to San Diego University to study diabetes and sexual orientation in women.

"Type 2 diabetes (T2D) contributes to substantial morbidity, disability, and premature mortality in the U.S.," the grant said.

"Lesbian and Bisexual (LB) women may be at elevated risk for developing T2D because they are more likely than heterosexual women to experience Obesity and other risk factors linked with T2D such as cigarette smoking, Violence victimization, and depressive distress," the grant added.

The study involves data collected for more than 20 years from nearly 100,000 women who took part in the Nurses' Health Study II.

Researchers want to find out the extent to which risk factors for Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affect lesbian and bisexual women over a lifetime.

They also want to know the extent to which Type 2 Diabetes disproportionately impacts lesbians and bisexual women and "the potential social and Behavioral factors that explain sexual-orientation-based disparities," the grant said.

The project start date began on May 1, 2014 and ends on April 30, 2017. The funding also began on May 1, 2014 and ends on April 30, 2015.

CNSNews.com contacted Heather Corliss, project leader for the grant, by email for comment on how this is an effective use of taxpayer dollars, but no response was given by press time.

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