Welcome Employees

A password is required to submit a request for an internal transfer. In order to obtain the password you can check any of the following resources: Login to the employee portal, check the current issue of "Regional High Points" newsletter, contact HR, or read this week's "Daily Announcements".

 

Close

Study May Help Explain Delay of Heart Disease in Women

2013-Sep-24

TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Younger women's bodies are better able to counter the effects of insulin resistance, which may help explain why they typically develop heart disease 10 years later in life than men, a new study suggests.

Insulin is a hormone that takes glucose (sugar) from the blood and carries it into cells, where it is used for energy. Insulin resistance -- the term used when the body doesn't use insulin properly -- increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The new study included 468 women and 354 men with similar levels of insulin resistance. Among those aged 50 or younger, women had lower blood pressure, lower fasting blood sugar levels, and lower levels of fats in the blood (triglycerides) that can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

However, these differences between women and men were not seen in participants aged 51 or older, according to the study published Sept. 24 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

"This gender difference may illuminate the 'female advantage' -- a phenomenon where the onset of cardiovascular disease tends to happen a decade later in women than in men," study lead author Dr. Sun Kim, of Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society.

"The findings suggest young women are uniquely equipped to offset the negative effects of insulin resistance," Kim explained. "Although there is no difference in the level of insulin resistance between genders, young women are still able to avoid the worst complications from insulin resistance."

This may be a natural form of protection for women in their reproductive years, but more research is required, Kim added.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/insulinresistance/.

Copyright © 2013 http://www.healthday.com/. All rights reserved.

The information in this article, including reference materials, are provided to you solely for educational or research purposes. Information in reference materials, are not and should not be considered professional health care advice upon which you should rely. Health care information changes rapidly and consequently, information in this article may be out of date. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.