The new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women are twice as likely as men to get diagnosed with a medical condition that could increase their risk of death from certain diseases.CDC researchers looked at data from nearly 17 million people who were enrolled in the National Health Interview Survey between 2009 and 2012.
They found that about 4.5 million people got diagnosed with an underlying medical condition like heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
About one in three people have a medical test that reveals a serious health problem, like high blood pressure, and are considered at high risk for dying.
The data also shows that a lot of people do not get tested for certain conditions.
About 11 percent of the people who got tested for diabetes were not found to have diabetes.
The same percentage said they had no symptoms or no evidence of a condition.
The researchers also found that women were more likely than men to be diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease and other diseases.
In 2012, about 22 percent of women were diagnosed with one or more of the conditions compared to about 13 percent of men.
And about 15 percent of people diagnosed with asthma or COPD were also diagnosed with that condition, compared to just 4 percent of other people.
“It’s a big surprise that this is so widespread, particularly in women,” said CDC’s Dr. Katherine Boesch.
“But women are more likely to be at high-risk for these conditions.”
This is a reminder that health disparities are real and we need to take care of each other.
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