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Over 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, with a new diagnosis being made every five minutes. Now research from the American Heart Association has linked diabetes to heart disease, with the risks being especially high for women.

We already know that people living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to experience heart disease, but gender has never been considered a contributing factor. Now the AHA has discovered that diabetic women are twice as likely to experience coronary heart disease, when compared to men.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is described as the narrowing of blood vessels and arteries, which supply oxygen to the heart. CHD and diabetes are often linked, due to contributing factors such as high blood pressure, higher cholesterol and weight management. Now gender is being examined as another possible factor.

“While we don’t fully understand how the inherent hormonal differences between men and women affect risk, we do know that some risk factors for heart disease… affect women differently”, explained the Dr Judith Regensteiner. “(Heart) disease may be more deadly for women with type 2 diabetes than it is for men”.

For this reason, the American Heart Association is advising women to be even more proactive about their health. Diabetic women should pay special attention to nutrition, take regular medication to lower cholesterol and blood pressure where applicable, and engage in frequent exercise.

“To improve health equity in women and men with diabetes, we need to understand and improve both the biological reasons for the disparities, and also control cardiovascular risk factors equally “, said Dr Regensteiner. “This statement is a call for action to do the compelling research, that is so important for all people with diabetes”.

Are you or someone you know living with diabetes? How does it affect day-to-day life?


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  1. Am I living with diabetes? Yep have done for 27 years.

    How does it affect day-to-day life? Life goes on. As I was reading the article the alarm went off “time for my morning injection” so I did that. Follow the meds program and stick to the diet.

    The only pain in the butt is when travelling O’seas you have to have your scripts and boxed meds in your personal luggage and yes I have had it checked a couple of times.

    Yep life goes on. B|

  2. *** > I was already with my self esteem too low because of my overweight, but in 2015 I finally lost weight 23 pounds and lost my belly following the diet that site here 3BestDiets .Com

  3. I have type 1 diabetes and have been aware of this for some time. It is a bugger of a disease which can cause many other problems. All diabetics, whatever type, need to be aware of these threats to their health. Diabetes is not a trivial disease and it is one where the sufferer can minimise harm for as long as possible by being aware.

  4. I have an insulin pump and have been strip searched twice in Dubai airport despite carrying a card issued with the pump explaining what it is and a letter from my specialist.

  5. Has anyone out there who has type 1 or 2 diabetes tried to explain to a non diabetic how and why you have to change your life and to centrelink that your perscription costs are not going to change. I had one lady who thought I would only be on my meds until I was “cured” till I explained in get length that what I have is a life sentence……bloody annoying that a non diabetic tries to tell you that they know better than you….mini rant ended…lol

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    • Yes. There are also those who would give you dietary advice. The most annoying are those who think that diabetes is always the result of a poor diet and lifestyle choices. I would love to be cured but for the time being just do my best to keep my BGL’s under control.

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      • I am sute many people are aware that diabetes is NOT always the result of a poor diet, lifestyle choices and lack of exercise but unfortunately these three things are at the root of many of our modern day lifestyle diseases……including diabetes – see link at the end. Merrilyn Richmond below certainly proves the benefits of making a few lifestyle changes…….well done Merrilyn. If you would like to be able to discuss diabetes with your friends and rellies in an informed manner I thought people might like to have a look at this link to Diabetes Australia…….it is full of interesting information and also has an online risk calculator to try:

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    • I knew nothing about diabetes until my 9-year-old grand-daughter was diagnosed about 4 months ago with Type 1 Diabetes. I have since done a “babysitters looking after a child with diabetes” session at the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre so that I can be of some help to the parents. My grand-daughter is very lucky in that she has very capable parents who look after her very well. She is an only child so I guess that does help.

  6. I have had Type 2 since 2002. It has progressed to needing insulin as well as medication. It took a long time for me to take charge and now I monitor what I eat and in particular how much – I use a small plate! I have much better control, have lost weight and actually reduced insulin. Diabetes is part of my life and I also have GORD and a gluten intolerance, so I monitor pretty well now. Didn’t always and suffered! I have learned and I am happier!

  7. Over 20 years and manage with diet and tablets, I feel lucky in the way that my glucose levels are in the normal range but I do think that government departments need to improve their knowledge and handling of diabetics. I was told that I would need to visit an eye doctor every year in order to keep a heavy truck licence but I could keep a light truck licence without the eye tests.

  8. After a free medical by health insurance co.I found I was diabetic. Within four years I developed angina and had triple bipass. Still aware of risks but enjoying life at 88.

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