While it’s widely known that type 2 diabetes can lead to heart complications in the long run, new studies are now showing that women may actually be at a higher risk for those complications than men.
Why Women are at Greater Risk
Though the exact reasons that women are at a greater risk for heart disease if they have diabetes are unclear, researchers suggest that it’s what happens before women develop diabetes that may be the difference.
In order for women to become diabetic, they generally have to gain much more weight than men. Since obesity on its own can lead to heart disease, the symptoms of heart disease could be present before the onset of diabetes. Additionally, once diabetes develops, it could accelerate those existing symptoms of heart disease.
The takeaway from this study is that screening for diabetes and heart disease should be different for men and women, given that they develop symptoms at a different pace and in a different way. If you are a woman with diabetes, it’s important that you talk with your doctor about screening for any heart conditions as well.