According to recent research, women (under the age of 45) who smoke while suffering from diabetes are six times more likely to experience a myocardial infarction (MI). A study uncovered that young women with diabetes who experience heart attacks are much more likely to be smokers than older women who also experience MI; the research directly links smoking to risk factors for heart attack in women.

The study involved 7,386 women in three groups: one control group of healthy women with no history of myocardial infarction, one control group of women with MI aged 63 to 64, and one group of young women with MI. The group of young women were 21 to 45 years old (with an average age of 42). Using data from three national registries, the researchers discovered that the strongest risk factor for MI was diabetes (a six-fold increase), followed by arterial hypertension (four-fold increase), hypercholesterolemia (three-fold increase) and smoking (increased the risk 1.6 times).


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