Diabetic women are more likely to acquire health risks and diseases, specifically heart diseases, than diabetic men, a new analysis of current research trends revealed.
“The risk of coronary heart disease conferred by diabetes is between 40% to 50% greater for women than for men,” according to study co-author Rachel Huxley, director of the Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Centre in Australia.
When diabetes was considered an independent risk, the analysis supported the results of previous studies that revealed women with diabetes have a 44% increased risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events compared to diabetic men.
This finding is a possible outcome when men develop a full-blown type 2 diabetes earlier than women at a lower weight, said Huxley.
Difference in Treatment
The study, however, posed unclear reasons for the unexpected findings. The study primary author Sanne A. E. Peters, an epidemiologist at the University Medical Center Utrecht, said that the finding was not a result of treatment or physiological differences between sexes in the effects of diabetes.
The author noted that “screening for diabetes should be different in women than in men,” while adding that “coronary heart disease is sometimes considered a man’s disease, but women are at risk as well.”