As harsh as it sounds, the reality is that if you are woman diagnosed with diabetes, you are more likely to die than men.
I know, I know, it is harsh. But the reality is that.
And the only thing you can do is to pay attention to the early signs of diabetes and try to prevent diabetes from happening altogether.
Now, I know you might think that I am trying to scare you off, but there are studies backing up this claim.
For example, one of the latest and biggest studies on diabetes was conducted by Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study monitored the death rates of men and women with diabetes between 1971 and 2000.
The results showed that the death rate for men fell while the one for women stayed the same and rose a little.
According to the study, there are several reasons why men have lower death rate:
- Complications linked with diabetes are easier to diagnose in men than in women
- Women have different kinds of heart diseases
- Women receive less aggressive treatment for cardiovascular risk factors
- Hormones in women respond differently
With that being said, I also must say that diabetes type 2 is a disease that affects millions and millions of Americans.
What happens is your body cannot use insulin as it should.
And in case you didn’t know, you need insulin in order to transfer glucose from your blood to your cells.
What happens in people with diabetes, the glucose accumulates in the blood and leaves you craving for energy.
Here are some of the signs of diabetes in women.
Frequent Urination and Thirst
Since there are excess glucose levels in your blood, your kidneys must adjust to the condition.
Therefore, they flush the glucose through the urine, and you are constantly peeing.
Maybe not as constantly, but more frequently than others.
If you are going to the bathroom more often than what you are used to, chances are, you are experiencing some of the signs of diabetes in women.
The condition is hardest at night when you constantly have to wake up to urinate.
Now, if you do not know how much is normal peeing, and what is abnormal, there is a number.
According to many doctors, the average person pees between four and seven times in a 24 hours span.
However, people with diabetes go to the bathroom a lot more.
And since you are peeing more, you are also feeling thirsty.
It is a vicious cycle: you pee more, you drink more, and you pee even more.
It is a domino effect!
Now, I am not talking about the intentional weight loss.
Or if you know you are eating less, you are stressed, or you are working out. In this case, the diabetes sign is unexplained weight loss.
You feel slimmer and you haven’t been on a diet or exercised?
What happens when you have diabetes is that your cells are not getting glucose, meaning they extract energy from the reserves of your body, and you lose weight.
Now, I know it might sound great for women to lose weight.
We all want to be slimmer.
But believe me, you do not want to lose weight because of diabetes.
You are losing weight, you are feeling hungry and thirsty, and you do not know the source of the problem?
Diabetes type 2.
Because your body has developed insulin resistance, your pancreas is forced to put out a lot more insulin.
The result is a feeling of hunger, craving for food and much more.
Simply put, your muscles and tissues need energy, and they are not getting it from your food.
Dry Mouth and Itchy Skin
It is only normal that your mouth is dry.
After all, you are flushing all the fluids from your body by peeing.
Another side effect and a sign of diabetes in women are itchy skin.
There are simply no fluids for moisture of the skin, and the result is itchy, and sometimes, aged skin.
The fact is, you are dehydrated, and almost every part of your body needs fluids to function properly, the skin included.
Foot pain and numbness is not an early sign of diabetes. In fact, it is a sign that happens over time, but there is still time to react and hope for the best.
Why does it happen?
Your diabetes is causing damage to the nerves.
The condition is called, “diabetic neuropathy”.
The symptoms of the condition are foot pain and numbness.
The pain and numbness start in the feet, and can even progress upwards. In half the cases, diabetic neuropathy happens in the extremities, and in 25% of the cases the condition occurs in the prediabetic phase.
In order to explain these symptoms of diabetes in women, I must explain how the lens of the eye works.
It is a flexible membrane that is suspended by muscles.
The muscles change the shape of the lens, and your eye can focus.
When you are suffering from diabetes, you are changing fluid levels.
The result is the lenses in your eyes swell up, and they are losing the ability to bend properly.
Do not worry, your lenses are not damaged.
However, your muscles in the eye have to put in extra work and effort to focus the eye.
The eyes have yet to adapt to the rapid change of blood sugar, something that is common in people suffering from diabetes.
Luckily for you, blurred vision is one of the early warning signs of diabetes in women.