Risk for Cardiovascular Diseases Higher for Diabetic Women than Men

Risk for Cardiovascular Diseases Higher for Diabetic Women than Men

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 10 Dec 2015 - 15:00


"Cardiovascular disease may be more deadly for women with Type 2 diabetes than it is for men” says, Dr Judith G. Regensteiner professor of medicine and director of the Center for Women's Health Research in a new study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation. Women may also require more frequent and intensive exercises to reduce their risk of developing a stroke or heart attack says the study.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition and is fast gaining the status of potential epidemic in India. Type 2diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly.

The scientific statement mentions also says that “"While we don't fully understand how the inherent hormonal differences between men and women affect risk, we do know that some risk factors for heart disease and stroke affect women differently than men and there are disparities in how these risk factors are treated."

Women with type 2 diabetes face greater disadvantage such as:

  • More liable to die after a first heart attack than men
  • May experience heart attack at earlier ages as compared to men
  • Have a lesser chance to undergo procedures to open clogged arteries, like angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting than men.
  • Less likely to take statins or aspirin or BP-lowering medications than men.
  • Women develop type 2 diabetes based on sex-specific differences like gestational diabetes and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)

A data-based study recommends that women with Type 2 diabetes can manage the condition and may benefit more than men in lowering their cardiovascular disease risk by following a healthy diet pattern and regular physical activity.

Reference: Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular Consequences of Diabetes Mellitus: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.Circulation; American Heart Association. "Sex differences in Type 2 diabetes affect cardiovascular disease risk."


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