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Women With Diabetes at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Events Than Men

The New York Times’ Well blog reports on new research published in Diabetologia which suggests that women with diabetes are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease than men with diabetes. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 858,507 subjects and 28,203 heart attacks and other coronary events. After adjusting for other risk factors such as age, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking and BMI, they found that diabetic women were at a 44% higher risk than diabetic men for both fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events. Experts speculate that the reason behind this may be that women have to gain more weight before they become diabetic, leading to “more severe deterioration of women before the onset of diabetes.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in Diabetologia.