How does diabetes affect women's risk of heart disease?

Women who have diabetes are at increased risk for developing heart disease than men. In fact, diabetes is such a serious risk factor for women, that before menopause, women with diabetes have the same risk for heart disease as men. Heart disease risk is normally lower for women than for men until menopause, after which women catch up with men for heart disease risk.

Regardless of gender, if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes greatly increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If you have diabetes, it is vitally important for you to work with your doctor and other members of your healthcare team to control your blood sugar and reduce other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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