It may not be a complete exercise to just discuss the general signs and symptoms of diabetes. The signs of diabetes in women need a separate discussion. These signs are the same regardless of the geographical origin of the woman. In other words, it does not matter if the woman is American or African.
Signs of diabetes in women awareness are crucial to every woman. Awareness of only the general signs and symptoms of diabetes may not be enough.
Indeed there are some symptoms that are peculiar to women. A proper knowledge of those symptoms has one important benefit. It enables a woman to react well in advance, thus preventing the onset of diabetes.
The 4 distinct Signs of Diabetes in Women:
Vaginal and Oral infections
High glucose level in women can cause fungal infection called Candida albicans. One type of this infection is a formation of near-white coatings on the tongue as oral thrush.
Vaginal infection(1, 2) is the other type of Candida albicans. It affects women in an isolated case or combined form around the vagina They may experience soreness, itching, pain when having sex, or vagina discharge.
Urinary Tract Infections(UTI)
One of the signs of diabetes in women is urinary tract infection(UTI)(1, 3). The woman starts noticing pains or a burning sensation and cloudy urine when urinating. This is the result of bacteria gaining entry into the urinary tact without restriction. It then starts to grow until it causes infection.
Reduced Sexual Drive
One of the common signs of diabetes in women is the reduction in sexual urge(sexual dysfunction). In medical terms we call it diabetic neuropathy(4, 5,6). High blood sugar can impair the body nerve fibres. The result of this is to affect the communication between the brain and the body. The female vagina is a site of nerve network. The damaged nerve then causes the woman to experience a dry vagina and a reduced sexual urge.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) is one form of imbalance(1, 2) of female hormones. The woman may experience irregular female period, added weight, acne or depression. These hormonal disorders are signs of high blood sugar level. In fact they can lead to female infertility if not treated early enough.
The situations of hormonal imbalance with women are different from the situations with men. Thus it is important that every woman is aware of these signs, which may signal an impending diabetes.
Final word: The right step to take against any of the above symptoms is immediate contact with the doctor. The war against diabetes should start with awareness of the symptoms in all respects.
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