The female body is more complex than the male. We are set up to be able to give birth. So every thirty days this feminine terrain goes through so many biological changes, it’s like being able to put on a major rock concert every single month. Women, on every tissue level, are intricate to the max.
At the same time, female organs of detox are smaller. So we don’t handle pollutants, cigarette smoke metabolites, alcohol, meds or even disease, the same way men do.
This is called gender specific medicine. Nature built us differently. So to stay healthy we have to honor gender uniqueness. This is especially true once women get ill.
Women with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to have coronary heart disease compared to men. Their tissues deal less well with the bombardment of damage by sugary molecules and when the hormone insulin gets excessive and angry.
Women with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack (or stroke) and have more serious events, like death, occur afterwards.
“Cardiovascular disease may be more deadly for women with Type 2 diabetes than it is for men,” said Judith G. Regensteiner, Ph.D, chair of the statement writing group and professor of medicine and director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.
The statement says women with Type 2 diabetes (compared to men with it):
- Have heart attacks at younger ages
- Are more likely to die after their 1st heart attack
- Are less likely to go have treatments from aspirin to blood-pressure lowering meds to procedures like bypass
- And less likely to have docs urge control over their blood pressure and blood sugar
BUT THE GOOD NEWS is that LIFE STYLE CHANGES like a healthier diet (less refined carbs and more plant food) and more exercise, appear to benefit women better and faster than males.
ILLNESS IS A CALL TO CHANGE how you have been living.
Whatever ways you were eating, moving, thinking or hiding, put you in a position to get ill. To get well you need to reevaluate your life “givens” and get back on track. An expert medical nutritionist who looks at all the ways you live, is your best bet for achieving vibrant health once again.
- Herita Hill Golden, M.D., Co-Chair; Amy G. Huebschmann, M.D.; Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D.; Alice Y. Chang, M.D., M.Sc.; Deborah Chyun, Ph.D., R.N.; Caroline S. Fox, M.D.; Catherine Kim, M.D., M.P.H.; Nehal Mehta, M.D., M.S.C.E.; Jane Reckelhoff, Ph.D.; Jane E.B. Reusch, M.D.; Kathryn M. Rexrode, M.D., M.P.H.; Anne E. Sumner, M.D.; Francine K. Welty, M.D.; Nanette K. Wenger, M.D. and Blair Anton, M.L.I.S., M.S. Sex Differences in the Cardiovascular Consequences of Diabetes Mellitus: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation, December 2015 DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000343