Women with diabetes are 3 to 7 times more likely to develop heart disease/stroke than women without diabetes. Women with diabetes usually develop heart disease/stroke at an earlier age—they do not receive protection from estrogen.
Diabetes is a stronger predictor for heart disease and stroke in women than in men.
Diabetes is considered a “cardiovascular disease equivalent” meaning
diabetics should be treated as aggressively as a patient with known heart disease.
Diabetes ABC’s (Goals for Women with Diabetes to Prevent Heart Disease/Stroke):
A = Hemoglobin A1C < 7%
B = Blood Pressure < 120/80
C = Cholesterol LDL (“Lousy” or Bad Cholesterol) < 70
www.diabetes.org (American Diabetes Association)
http://web.diabetes.org/link/chooser.htm (American Diabetes Association “Link for Life”education in English and Spanish)