Women, however, are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease if they also have diabetes.
A recent study by the Colorado Department of Health found that women with diabetes are five times are five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease than women without diabetes.
In addition women with diabetes are more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke than are men of the same age with diabetes.
The key for women to effectively control their diabetes and minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease includes controlling their blood glucose levels (A1C), blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
There are strategies and techniques that women can use to effectively control these three components, which will lead to controlling their diabetes as well.
Lower your A1C A1C is the measurement used to indicate blood glucose levels.
This is a simple blood test that will measure your glucose levels for the past three months.
This test will help your physician with understanding your blood glucose levels (A1C) and to what extend that this measure needs to be decreased.
Tips to lower your A1C measurement are: * Balance your diet over the day.
* Eat carbohydrates in small amounts over the day rather than at one meal.
* Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.
This can be broken down into smaller amounts, but should total to at least 30 minutes.
Try simple things to start like walking up the stairs, playing outside with the kids or taking a short walk after each meal.
Lower your blood pressure High blood pressure leads to problems with kidney function, heart attacks, vision, headaches and stroke.
To lower blood pressure: * Eat fresh fruits and vegetables * Avoid alcohol * Eliminate tobacco * Reduce the amount of salt consumed * Keep your weight in a safe range Lower your cholesterol The first step to monitoring your cholesterol is to understand what your score is now, and what your doctor recommends that your score should be.
If you need to lower your cholesterol try: * Eat fewer fats.
Try broiling or grilling lean meats, eat skinless chicken, fish and turkey on a regular basis.
Use low fat or no-fat dairy products as much as possible.
Read labels and look for foods that are prepared without fats.
Avoid anything deep-fried; try looking for baked items instead.
* Eat fiber daily.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, oatmeal and lentils are all great sources of fiber.
Read package labels to determine what variety or brand offers the most fiber per serving.
* Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
* Exercise regularly.
Steady exercise like walking, swimming or cycling is great, and some weight lifting or muscle building exercises are also beneficial.
By monitoring your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure you will help control the risk of cardiovascular disease that is prevalent in women with diabetes.
The tips listed above will not only help with the three factors, but will also help make your diabetes more manageable as well.