Hearing the words “Type 2 Diabetes,” unfortunately is not uncommon, with nations getting fatter, this disease is on the rise. Type 2 sufferers cannot correctly use and store sugars, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. This disorder is more common for those over the age of 40, or if a close relative, like a parent or sibling, suffers from the disease.
Learn The Main Diabetes Symptoms
There are many similar symptoms in men and women which include:
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Urinating more than usual, particularly at night
- Losing weight without trying
- Feeling tired
- Blurred vision
- Wounds/infections take longer to heal with potential sever infections in the feet which may lead to amputation.
Many of the above indications have been published by the media and health care professionals, but what about specific symptoms in women? What are the symptoms to look out for?
Medicating type2 diabetes at the early stages and adopting a health regime may reverse the disease. This is important because it prevents other major complications like heart disease or severe infections occurring. Women have many of these ailments, even if they don’t suffer from diabetes. Visiting a doctor is advised, especially if they recur often, over the age of 40.
The Less Obvious Symptoms
Specific, problematic, but not debilitating indications include:
- Thrush on a regular basis.High levels of glucose in the blood triggers the growth of the yeast fungus called candida, which may lead to oral and vaginal yeast infections
- Urinary Tract Infections.UTI’s may develop due to white blood cells struggling to travel throughout the body, to kill off infection. When bacteria enter the urinary tract, it may lead to bloody or cloudy urine, painful/burning sensation in the vagina, and possibly developing into a kidney infection.
- Loss of Libido. High glucose levels in the blood may injure nerve fibers leading to loss of sensation in the vagina, which may lead to a lack of sex drive.
- Polycystic Ovaries(PCOS) is linked to the development of insulin resistance, excessive hair growth, changes to menstrual cycle, acne, infertility, pelvic pain, anxiety, depression, and weight gain.
- Eating disorders.Research has shown women who have been diagnosed with Type2 Diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from eating disorders.
Diabetes And Pregnancy
According to the American Diabetes Association, Type2 diabetes can be particularly hard on women who are pregnant. It can affect them and the newborn child. Luckily there are tests during pregnancy that will reveal the disease and the mother and baby will be monitored very closely throughout pregnancy.
Having a healthy lifestyle, including a well balanced diet and daily exercise, will limit the chances of getting this disease. Being educated in the symptoms women may experience will enable a woman to seek help and advice and possibly reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
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