Diabetes is a chronic medical condition affecting millions of people worldwide and women are not immune to it. Unfortunately, diabetes often goes unnoticed, which can lead to serious health problems.
The risk of diabetes is higher in women who are obese, who have high blood pressure or live in urban areas. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of diabetes in women, so that health problems can be prevented in the future by taking immediate treatment. Some common symptoms of diabetes in women are given below. Consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist Dr. Maunam Chattopadhyay is telling us about these symtoms.
1. Increased thirst and urine
Women with diabeetes may feel more thirsty than usual, which increases the desire to drink liquid. Women may also experience frequent urination at night. This happens because high glucose levels in the blood make the kidneys work harder to filter out and absorb excess sugar.
2. Fatigue and weakness
Fatigue and weakness are another symptom of diabetes in women. This is because due to lack of insulin or insulin resistance, the body is not able to use glucose effectively. As a result, the body can feel tired and weak even after adequate rest.
3. Blurry appearance
High levels of glucose in the blood can cause changes in the lens of the eye, which can cause vision to become blurry. In addition, women with diabetes may experience difficulty concentrating, especially in reading or looking at distant objects.
4. Being slow
Women with diabetes may notice that their wounds take longer to heal. This is because high glucose levels in the blood can damage blood vessels, which impairs circulation and reduces blood flow to the affected area.
5. Feeling tingling
High levels of glucose in the blood can cause nerve damage, which can cause numbness or tingling in the legs or hands. Women with diabetes may also experience irritation, especially in the legs.
6. Weight loss
Women with diabetes may experience weight loss even if they eat enough. This is because the body is not able to use glucose effectively, which breaks down fat and muscle tissue for energy.
7. Skin infections
Increasing glucose in the blood can weaken the immune system, making women with diabetes more likely to get skin infections. They may notice frequent abscesses, urinary tract infections and vaginal yeast infections.
Diabetes can be managed with medication, lifestyle changes such as exercise, healthy diet and regular blood glucose monitoring. If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. To diagnose diabetes, doctors can conduct blood tests and recommend the right treatment plan.