Women and diabetes
While men and women share things in common when it comes to diabetes, there are also some unique differences.
So how can high blood sugar and diabetes-related complications affect women differently? And how does diabetes impact you compared to the general female population?
- Uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to irregular menstruations.
- You may experience more frequent vaginal or yeast infections, because the extra sugar in your bloodstream makes a better environment for them. If left untreated, it may also lead to urinary tract infections.
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort can often be aided by water-based, over-the-counter products.
- Make sure your blood sugar is properly managed before becoming pregnant, then work closely with your obstetrician. You may be able to offset an increased risk of complications during pregnancy.
- Women are at a higher risk of diabetic ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis results from too little insulin in the system—either from increased insulin resistance, underdosing or other causes—allowing ketones (poisonous by-products of fat metabolism) to enter the bloodstream.
Doctors understand the importance of preventing and treating these problems. So do not be afraid to share whatever is on your mind—that is why your doctor is there.