What is the link between heart disease and diabetes in women?

Suzanne Steinbaum, DO
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Diabetes is a very significant risk factor for heart disease, especially in women, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical. In this video, I will discuss the link between diabetes and heart disease in women.
One in three women will die of heart disease compared to one in nine women dying of breast cancer. Forty percent of heart attacks result in death. Diabetes is a powerful risk factor for heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women with diabetes. Women with diabetes are 2 times as likely to have a second heart attack and 4 times more likely to have heart failure than women without diabetes.

Many women with type 2 diabetes already have heart disease when they are diagnosed or have many of the risk factors such as high lipids levels, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and abnormalities in blood vessel function. Women with type 1 diabetes can develop heart disease when they are young. Women with diabetes are not only at greater risk for heart disease, but also experience more adverse outcomes.

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