Some diabetic women receive less care

June 17, 2008 8:45:10 AM PDT
Women with type-2 diabetes and heart disease often receive less of the medical treatment they need than men. That can make their ability to control both diseases more difficult, according to a new study presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Francisco. And researchers say it probably explains why death from heart disease is being lowered in male diabetics but not among females.

The study shows that in patients with diabetes there is a clear disparity between men and women. Researchers say women have worse control of their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels compared to men and are given cholesterol lowering medications less often.


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