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A global study of 12 million people has found diabetes increases the risk of heart failure and this increase is greater for women than men.

Link between diabetes and heart failure stronger in women than men © Shutterstock

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health determined that this differential was greater in type 1 than type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is associated with a 47% excess risk of heart failure in women compared to men, whilst type 2 diabetes has a 9% higher excess risk of heart failure for women than men.

The findings published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) highlights the need for further sex-specific research into diabetes and how the condition can potentially contribute to heart complications.

Read more (University of Oxford website)