Diabetes is a condition where a person experiences high blood sugar levels due to his struggles with producing adequate insulin in the body.
While the rates for men with diabetes decreased since the early 1970s because of modern medicine and awareness, the same cannot be said for women. This is due to several reasons.
Women do not receive the same level of treatment for risk factors that cause diabetes.
Diabetes is also sometimes harder to detect in women than in men. Here is information on common diabetes symptoms for women.
Women who might have diabetes could experience constant yeast infections.
Symptoms of a yeast infection include painful intercourse, soreness and redness near the vaginal area, and white vaginal discharge.
Not all cases of yeast infections are related to diabetes, but if this is happening frequently, you should get checked by a doctor.
This is another common symptom of diabetes in women. When there is too much sugar in your bloodstream, your kidneys are not able to eliminate the sugar from the bloodstream effectively.
As a result more water leaves the bloodstream, and this leads to excess thirst.
Diabetics can combat this by drinking plenty of water.
Have you wondered why you always have the urge to use the restroom in recent months?
Chances are that you could have diabetes. As explained earlier in the article, too much glucose in the bloodstream could cause urination to happen more than unusual.
Another common symptom of diabetes in women is the presence of wounds that will not heal quickly or not heal at all.
One reason is because circulation is not the best in women with diabetes.
If this happens a lot for you and you’re experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms, then it is time to get tested for diabetes.
This happens a lot with women who have type 1 diabetes.
It is a symptom that comes from the body’s inability to use up calories that were consumed during the day.
If you generally eat healthy and exercise but still lose too much weight, you should see the doctor.
On the other hand, some diabetic women might experience the need to eat constantly.
This is especially true for those with type 2 diabetes. When you have this condition your insulin levels are high and since the insulin helps boost appetite, you become hungrier.
Diabetic women might sometimes experience sexual dysfunction. Diabetic neuropathy is the culprit behind this, and you lose feeling in various parts of your body.
Talk with your gynecologist about possible solutions to this problem so that you can enjoy a healthy sex life despite diabetes.
This is one of the earliest diabetes symptoms in women.
Diabetics get blurry vision because high glucose levels build up in the eye’s lens and if left unchecked for prolonged years, you could develop diabetes-related blindness.
Don’t let these symptoms creep up on you.
You should speak with your doctor often about changes in your body following the diagnosis.
If you’re the caregiver of someone with diabetes, learn all you can about diabetes management so that your loved one will be healthy long term.
Having diabetes also doesn’t mean that your diet suddenly becomes boring. There are delicious recipes online that are suited for diabetics, which are easy to make.
Tell yourself everyday that you are going to live a fulfilling life despite your condition, and surround yourself with supportive friends who will offer encouragement and compassion.
Most importantly, find things to be passionate about and use this as part of your new lifestyle after the diagnosis.