Women with type 2 diabetes are prescribed statins less frequently to prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to new research.
The disease, in which the body does not produce insulin properly, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in both sexes.
However, a study published in the journal Circulation suggests that there may be "prescription bias" in treatment.
The charity Diabetes UK funded study also found that men and women with this condition now see a similar relative increase in their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Women have seen a greater proportionate increase before, according to the authors
University of Manchester researchers analyzed data from 80,000 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England between 2006 and 201
In this group, 11.6% of women and 12.8% of men developed cardiovascular disease, the study found.
By comparison, 7.4% of women and 8.1% of men were without diabetes.
Women with type 2 diabetes were 26% less likely to receive ACE inhibitors and 16% less likely to receive statins than men with the disease.
They also found that women who already had some symptoms of cardiovascular disease were 37% less likely to get ACE inhibitors and 41% less statins than men.  02] Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, director of research for Diabetes UK, said: "These new findings suggest that the outlook for women with type 2 diabetes is better than previously thought thanks to improved care.
"However, we need to make sure that anyone with type 2 diabetes receives the best treatments and treatments to minimize the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular complications such as heart attack or stroke. "
Researchers believe that gender bias in prescriptions may contribute to differences in the symptoms of cardiovascular disease between men and women or in the attitudes of health professionals and patients.
Dr. Martin Rutter, senior researcher at the University of Manchester, said, "To understand the reasons for this, more research is needed, prescribing differences between men and women and looking for ways to fill the void.
"Research in primary care is particularly needed since most people here are being treated with type 2 diabetics.
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