Men more prone to diabetes-related diseases than women

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A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health has shed light on the differences in diabetes-related complications between men and women. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney, analyzed data from 25,713 people with diabetes, focusing on factors such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), kidney complications, and eye complications.

The study found that men with diabetes had a 1.5-fold increased risk of CVD, lower limb, and kidney complications compared to women with diabetes. This higher risk for men was attributed to factors such as being overweight, having a history of heart disease or stroke, and a higher prevalence of smoking. Additionally, men were found to be less likely to adopt preventative health measures such as healthy lifestyle changes and regular health checks.

On the other hand, women with diabetes were found to be at a greater risk of eye complications, specifically diabetic retinopathy, compared to men. The researchers suggested that this difference may be due to the higher prevalence of cataracts in women.

Overall, the study highlighted the need for targeted screening and prevention strategies for both men and women with diabetes. The researchers emphasized the importance of early intervention and further investigation into the underlying mechanisms for the observed sex differences in diabetes complications.

The study's findings underscore the importance of addressing the unique health challenges faced by individuals with diabetes, regardless of gender. By understanding and addressing these differences, healthcare providers can better tailor their treatment and prevention strategies to improve outcomes for all individuals living with diabetes.


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