Study shows women with diabetes more at risk of coronary heart disease events

22 May 2014        

Man having a blood glucose meter test

Women with diabetes are at greater risk of having a coronary heart disease incident, such as a heart attack, than men with diabetes, according to research.

Researchers analysed data from 65 studies spanning almost 50 years involving more than 850,000 people.

The findings showed women with diabetes were 44% more at risk of having a fatal or non-fatal coronary heart disease incident than men with diabetes.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse Doireann Maddock said: “Diabetes is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease for both men and women, but the links between the two are complex.

“That’s why more research is needed to understand why woman with diabetes were found to be at greater risk of a coronary heart disease incident such as a heart attack when compared to men.

“Regardless of whether you are male or female, if you have diabetes, it’s vitally important you control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight to help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.

“If you have diabetes and are worried about how you are managing it, have a chat with your GP for more information.”