Study Finds Diabetic Women at Greater Risk of Stroke Than Men
New research has shown that the risk of stroke is higher for women with diabetes than it is for men. The study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center – which points out women accounted for 60 percent of stroke deaths in the U.S. in 2010 – looked at data from more than 19,000 women and nearly 11,000 men. It was published in the journal Diabetologia.
The researchers found that women with diabetes had a 19 to 42 percent increased risk of stroke compared to women without diabetes. The percentage depended on their level of blood sugar control. Women 55 years and older were especially at risk. There was no association between diabetes and stroke among the men in the study.
Further investigation into the gender differences will need to be conducted. Director women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum suggests that men might be the recipients of better treatment in preventing strokes (by taking statins or aspirin), according to HealthDay, which could account for the lack of association. She also notes that compared to diabetic men, diabetic women may have other health problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. These could be contributing factors.
Disability Benefits for Stroke, Diabetes
Stroke and other cardiovascular conditions can result in permanent disability. When this occurs to someone who is still working, it could cause financial devastation. But one of the ways to alleviate the strain is to apply for Social Security disability benefits. Those with diabetes may suffer other conditions as well that may qualify for benefits
If you have applied and were denied. Or you need assistance in filing an initial application, seek legal advice. Don’t hesitate to contact Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332 to set up a free consultation to review your options.