Coronary heart disease risk greater among women with type 2 diabetes

8 December 2015

Females diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to have coronary heart disease than males, according to a new study.

Research published by the American Heart Association noted that while the rates of type 2 diabetes among men and women in the US are similar, females are twice as likely to develop a serious heart condition.

Scientists therefore believe women could require more intense and regular physical activity to reduce their susceptibility to a heart attack or stroke.

Dr Judith Regensteiner, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, commented: "Cardiovascular disease may be more deadly for women with Type 2 diabetes than it is for men."

She added while questions still remain about how risk is affected by inherent hormonal differences, disparities in how known risk factors are treated are contributing to these varied clinical outcomes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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