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Diabetic women less likely than men to get medication

University of Manchester Credit: PA

Research carried out by the University of Manchester shows that women with type 2 diabetes are less likely than men to be prescribed medication to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The investigation indicates that women are 26 percent less likely to get the drugs.

They also found that women who were already showing some symptoms of cardiovascular disease were 37% less likely to receive ACE inhibitors and 41% less likely to receive statins than men.

"Further research is now needed to understand the reasons for these prescribing differences between men and women and to find ways to close the gap. Research in primary care is particularly needed, as this is where most people with Type 2 diabetes are treated."

– Dr Martin Rutter, Senior Researcher