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A review of more than 60 studies has shown that women with type 2 diabetes have a 27% higher risk of stroke than men with diabetes.
Professor Rachel Huxley, from the University of Queensland (UQ), collaborated with researchers from leading public health units at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the George Institute for Global Health.
Ms Huxley said the study was the first to reveal that the risk of diabetes-related stroke significantly differs in women and men.
'Research had previously shown that diabetes confers a greater risk of having a heart attack in women than men, and now we have shown that this gender difference also extends to stroke,' Professor Huxley said.
Data was pooled from three-quarters of a million people, including more than 12,000 individuals who had suffered strokes, both fatal and non-fatal.
'Our analysis of the data showed, in comparison to men with diabetes, women with the condition had a 27% higher relative risk of stroke even after taking into account other risk factors such as age and blood pressure. With diabetes on the rise, there is an urgent need to establish why the condition poses a greater cardiovascular health threat for women than men,' she said.
Source: UQ News
Professor Rachel Huxley
UQ School of Population Health
Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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