Women are just as susceptible to diabetes

KUALA LUMPUR – There is an assumption that women are less susceptible to diabetes than men.

This is wrong, said associate professor and consultant endocrinologist Dr Alexander Tan, who is also Universiti Malaya Medical Centre head of the Diabetes Care Unit.

“Due to such an assumption, women may get diagnosed later and have a longer period of undetected high glucose, which in turn can lead to more complications,” he said.

Some studies have even shown that heart disease in women with diabetes is more deadly than in men, he said.