According to new research from America this week, diabetes may begin to develop far earlier amongst women, many years before any kind of medical diagnosis of the disease is possible.
A team of epidemiologists at the University of Buffalo, New York revealed the findings. They discovered that diabetic risk factors found in the blood stream are only found amongst women who become pre-diabetic over time.
Pre-diabetes is an enormous phenomenon both in America and Asia, and occurs when blood sugar levels exceed normal expectations but are not high enough to register full-blown diabetes. The study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care, was the first to identify the sexual difference.
Richard Donahue, the lead author of the study, reportedly commented: “This is one of the first reports to show that otherwise healthy women are more likely than men to show elevated levels of endothelial factors and other markers of progression to pre-diabetes. Because these pre-diabetic markers are not routinely assessed, and because diabetes is strongly linked with coronary heart disease, the study may help explain why the decline in death rates for heart disease in diabetic women lags behind that of diabetic men.”
He concluded: “Previous research had shown that hypertension and cholesterol were elevated among women who later developed diabetes. However, current findings that these novel risk factors are elevated among women even earlier than previously recognised does suggest that the ‘diabetes clock’ starts ticking sooner for women than for men.”

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