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Younger women with type 2 diabetes have higher risk of heart disease
Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of heart disease in young women, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Session 2013.
Researchers studied 1,256 Argentine premenopausal and menopausal women with and without type 2 diabetes. The women ranged in age from 19 to 84 and underwent ultrasound imaging to measure levels of plaque in their carotid arteries.
Even after accounting for factors like age, family history, smoking status, high blood pressure or menopause, the women with type 2 diabetes were more likely to have high levels of plaque in the carotid artery than women who didn't have diabetes
Based on the results, researchers said that early detection of cardiovascular problems in this population is crucial.
"To reduce the risk of heart attacks, we recommend screening women with type 2 diabetes at younger ages, even if they don't have other known risk for heart disease," Nestor Garcia, study investigator, said in a press release.
Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among women in the U.S., and diabetes increases risk significantly, the study authors noted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80 million Americans suffer from one or more types of cardiovascular disease, while 8.3 percent of the population suffers from type 2 diabetes.
Source: Medical News Today
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