According to research published in the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), women who have type 1 diabetes have a 47 per cent increased possibility of heart failure than men who have type 1 diabetes.
The researchers gathered their data from 14 studies in total, which consisted of 47 cohorts and more than 12 million participants.
However, whether or not this correlation was the same for women and men was previously “unknown.”
One of these reasons could be the fact that diabetes may put women at higher risk than men of developing coronary heart disease.
The researchers noted that an increased risk of coronary heart disease had previously been discovered among women.
“In conclusion, the excess risk of heart failure following diagnosis of diabetes is significantly greater in women than men, highlighting the importance of intensive prevention and treatment of diabetes for women as well as men,” the authors wrote.
“Further research is required to understand the mechanisms underpinning the excess risk of heart failure conferred by diabetes – particularly type 1 – in women and to reduce the burden associated with diabetes in both sexes,” the authors added.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body sufficiently, the British Heart Foundation states.
It is a long-term condition, which gradually worsens over the time and for which there is no cure.
Symptoms of heart failure include experiencing shortness of breath, having swelling on the feet, ankles, stomach and lower back area, and feeling fatigued or weak.