The pioneering research, which has been carried out by San Diego State University, found that lesbian and bi women experience this “elevated risk” because they are generally more stressed than their straight counterparts. To break it down, 94,250 women participated in the study to see if there was any relationship between the likelihood of developing the disease and having same-sex attractions. Around 1,267 women self-identified as lesbian or bisexual, the study found. 6,399 of the total sample of participants developed type 2 diabetes and they are at higher risk of having complications after being diagnosed . In lesbian and bisexual women aged 40 and below, the likelihood of type 2 diabetes was more than twice as high as for heterosexual women. The findings conclude that lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to develop the condition at a younger age.