Women with diabetes have a higher risk of blood clots

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Blood clots can happen anywhere in your body and can cause serious problems.

They can cause conditions like deep vein thrombosis (a clot in the deep veins, usually in the leg) or pulmonary embolism (a clot that travels to the lungs).

These conditions together are called venous thromboembolism or VTE.

VTE risk is usually the same for men and women. But if you have diabetes, the risk changes, and not in a good way. A recent study found that women with diabetes are more likely to get VTE than men with diabetes.

What’s The Link Between Diabetes and VTE?

Diabetes is a condition that affects your body’s ability to control sugar levels. Over 8% of the world’s population has it. This condition can increase the risk of blood clots or VTE.

Scientists at the Complexity Science Hub and MedUni Vienna found something interesting when they looked at a lot of data from 180,034 patients with diabetes. They saw that women with diabetes have a higher risk of VTE than men.

The scientists found that the risk of VTE in women with diabetes is 1.52 times higher than in women without diabetes. For men, the risk is only 1.3 times higher if they have diabetes.

This difference suggests that women with diabetes should be watched more closely for signs of VTE. This is especially important as women get older and go through menopause.

The Takeaway

The research team found that the normal protection women have against vascular complications from diabetes decreases as they get older.

When women go through menopause and their estrogen levels drop, their risk for VTE goes up.

This highlights the need for intensive treatment of all risk factors at a young age.

To fully understand the relationship between diabetes and VTE in men and women, more research is needed. This could be a big step towards preventing VTE in patients with diabetes, especially women.

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Also, take a look at studies showing how vitamin D could improve blood pressure in people with diabetes, and how the Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of diabetes by one third.

This study was conducted by Elma Dervic and her team and published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.

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