By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Women with diabetes may need patience to reduce leg pain according to a new study.

The study shows that women with diabetes need to dedicate more time and effort to reduce the pain associated with peripheral artery disease, a circulatory problem that effects millions of americans.

Dr. Paul DiMuzio, Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, says that doesn’t mean women need to ramp up the exercise routine:

“In general, the recommendation is to walk until they get pain and then perhaps a little bit farther. We certainly don’t want to incapacitate anyone, but I think at the end of three months, you may not have the expected results and they might have to work a little bit harder in terms of length of time perhaps.”

More aggressive treatment with medication may also be needed.