Women With Diabetes Risk Heart Failure More Than Men

The link between diabetes, gender and heart failure was not previously known.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — A study recently published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), indicates that women with diabetes were at greater risk of experiencing heart failure than men with the same condition.

Women with type 1 diabetes have a 47 per cent possibility of developing heart failure than men who have the same type of diabetes.

Women with type 2 diabetes have a nine per cent higher chance than men of suffering from the condition.

The study comprised of research which looked at 47 cohorts and more than 12 milion participants, involved 12 studies.

According to the authors of the study, there were a number of reasons why women with diabetes may be at greater risk than men of experiencing heart failure.

The researchers noted that an increased risk of coronary heart disease had previously been discovered among women.

Another possible cause includes the “undertreatment for women with diabetes”, which could “subsequently lead to a stronger association of diabetes with heart failure in women than men”.

The study states “In conclusion, the excess risk of heart failure following diagnosis of diabetes is significantly greater in women than men, highlighting the importance of intensive prevention and treatment of diabetes for women as well as men.”

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