Things to know about Diabetes Symptoms in Women:
Diabetes is also referred to as diabetes mellitus. This is a condition in which your body causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. And high blood glucose levels may result from inadequate insulin production that means your body is not responding properly to insulin.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, also referred to as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin in your body.
Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, it means your body does not use insulin properly or it becomes insensitive to insulin. This is called insulin resistance.
Gestational diabetes is known to affect women during their pregnancy. Some females may experience a spike in their blood sugar levels, and their bodies may not be able to produce enough insulin. This leads to progressively rising levels of glucose.
However, many of the symptoms of diabetes are similar in man and woman. But still few symptoms are unique in the case of women. Understanding more intensely about these symptoms of diabetes may help you identify diabetes at an early stage and get treatment early.
Vaginal and oral yeast infections and vaginal thrush
An overgrowth of yeast caused by the Candida albicans fungus can cause oral yeast infections, vaginal yeast infections, and vaginal thrush. These infections are very common in women. When these infections develop in the vaginal area, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Vaginal itching and soreness
- Vaginal discharge
- Painful intercourse
Oral yeast infections include:
- White coating on the tongue and inside the mouth
- Swollen red gums or inner cheeks
- Trouble eating or swallowing
UTIs develop when bacteria enter the urinary tract. If these symptoms aren’t treated, there’s a risk of kidney infection.
These infections can cause:
- painful urination
- bloody or cloudy urine
- burning sensation
Female sexual dysfunction
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood glucose damages nerve fibres in your body. This can trigger tingling and loss of feeling in different parts of your body such as hands, legs, and feet. It also affects the sensation in the vaginal area, lowering a woman’s sex drive.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome occurs when a person produces a higher number of male hormones and is predisposed to getting PCOS. The symptoms of this disease include:
- weight gain
- irregular periods