Women with type 2 diabetes are 20% more at risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event compared to those living without the condition, latest evidence shows.

According to new research findings – which were presented today at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC) 2023 – women with type 2 diabetes are 12% more likely to develop a cardiovascular complication compared to men living with the same condition.

Additionally, women with the condition were more likely to be obese, hypertensive, and have hypercholesterolemia, compared to men with type 2 diabetes, the study has reported.

However, the research shows that women with type 2 diabetes were less likely to be prescribed lipid-lowering medication and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, especially if they had cardiovascular disease.

Professor Martin Rutter, Honorary Consultant Physician at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, also revealed that on average women were 24 kilos heavier than men if they were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a young age.

Professor Rutter’s research adds to a body of evidence showing that there is a difference between the genders when it comes to disease.

Long COVID for example, effects both men and women. However, women appear to have double the risk of developing long COVID-19 as men until around age 60 years.

Professor Martin Rutter’s research was presented at the Diabetes UK Annual Conference which took place in Liverpool.

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