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Women With Type 2 Diabetes May Be At Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Type 2 diabetes is rapidly growing to include more and more Americans and a recent scientific statement suggests that women with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have coronary heart disease than men who have type 2 diabetes.


The researchers who wrote the scientific statement acknowledged that they weren’t entirely sure about how the hormonal differences between men and women affect risk of coronary heart disease. However, they did find that women with type 2 diabetes had heart attacks at an earlier age than men; were more likely to die after their first heart attack; were less likely to have procedures to open clogged arteries; were less likely to be on cholesterol or blood pressure lowering drugs; were less likely to have their blood sugar under control; and developed type 2 diabetes based on sex-specific differences.


The researchers also noted that African American and Hispanic women with type 2 diabetes were disproportionately affected by coronary artery disease and stroke when compared with men with type 2 diabetes. They suggested that women with type 2 diabetes may have a greater chance of reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease through lifestyle changes like better diet and more physical activity than men but that they also need to exercise more frequently and more intensely than men.


Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver wrote the statement. It was published online ahead of print on December 7, 2015, in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.


Type-2 diabetes is an increasingly common ailment, especially in the Western world. If you’re concerned about developing type-2 diabetes, previous studies suggest that increasing fiber intake, decreasing sugary drinks, and regular exercise may lower your risk.

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