Study shows men and women manage diabetes differently

Women may fall short in terms of blood sugar control.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes, a metabolic disorder characterized by fluctuations in blood glucose levels. A further 79 million people reportedly fall under the umbrella term of prediabetes. Though we have learned a lot about how to treat this condition through diet and medication, diabetes still poses a threat to aging longevity and can affect your quality of life in many ways. 

Recently, though, a study from the University of Edinburgh has indicated a disparity in vigilance among people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Monitoring blood sugar levels is an essential part of effective treatment, yet research indicates that women with type 1 diabetes, which is typically discovered  during childhood, fell short of their male counterparts when it came to blood sugar control.

"This analysis of type 1 diabetes data from several countries [showed that] males were more likely to have a better blood sugar control profile than females," said study author professor Sarah Wild in a press release. "One explanation could be that women tend to have lower hemoglobin levels than men […] but further research is required to confirm this."

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