DIABETES COMPLICATIONSIncreased risk of venous thromboembolism in perimenopausal women and people with diabetes


Perimenopausal women are 1.65 times more likely to develop venous thromboembolism compared to men, new evidence has identified.


A study conducted by the Complexity Science Hub and MedUni Vienna has also found that people with diabetes are more at risk of developing blood clots in their veins compared to those without the condition.


During the experiment, the research team examined the health data of more than seven million people living in Austria between 2003 and 2014.


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Senior author Elma Dervic said: “Our analyses show for the first time that diabetes mellitus might be associated with venous thromboembolism to a greater extent in women and men.


“With around 45 million data records, it covers all inpatient stays in Austria between 2003 and 2014.”


She added: “In our study, we again found a 1.4 times higher risk of venous thromboembolism in people with diabetes than in the control group without diabetes.”


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Joint author Carola Deischinger said: “After the age of 40 in particular, the relative risk of venous thromboembolism increases.”


Fellow academic Alexandra Kautzky-Willer said: “Our findings suggest that women with diabetes mellitus should be monitored more carefully for the development of venous thromboembolism, especially during their perimenopause.”


Read the full study in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.