Diabetes Raises Heart Failure Risk More In Women Than Men

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Diabetes brings with it a variety of long-term complications, but at least one of those — heart failure — is a bigger threat to women than men, new research suggests.

The risk difference was even more pronounced for women with type 1 diabetes.

“Our global review of 12 million people shows that having diabetes increases the risk of heart failure in both women and men. However, this increase is greater for women than men,” said study author Toshiaki Ohkuma. He’s an honorary senior fellow at The George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

One of Ohkuma’s co-authors, Sanne Peters, quantified these differences. “Type 1 diabetes was associated with a 5.15 times higher risk of heart failure in