Women with Diabetes: Double the Heart Risk?>
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Women with Diabetes: Double the Heart Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  

People with diabetes are at elevated risk for coronary artery disease, but for women the excess risk is twice as great as for men, according to a recent Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association in the journal Circulation. Diabetes also increases the risk of stroke and heart failure more in women.

While women without diabetes tend to have heart attacks a decade later than men, this advantage disappears in those with the disease. Thus women with diabetes should pay special attention to their coronary risk factors, such as obesity, high cholesterol, and physical inactiv­ity, and make sure they get the medical treat­ment they need.

Women are less consistently prescribed statins, low-dose aspirin, and blood pressure drugs when appropriate, compared to men.

Also see Should You Be Tested for Diabetes?