Diabetes is a disease that affects women differently than men. Know its symptoms and treat yourself in time.
Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in Ecuador. It arises when a person has high blood sugar due to problems processing or producing insulin. This disease can hit the health of any person, without distinction of age, race, or sex, generating astronomical changes in their lifestyle.
The findings of a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded the differences between men and women when it comes to affectations, reasons include the following:
- Women tend to receive less aggressive treatment for cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes-related conditions.
- Some of the complications of diabetes in women are more difficult to diagnose.
- Women often have different heart conditions than men.
- Hormones and inflammation work differently in women.
That is why preventing this disease should be a priority when identifying its symptoms in women. Among them are the following:
Polycystic ovary syndrome
PCOS can also cause a type of insulin resistance that results in high blood sugar levels and increases the risk of developing diabetes.
Vaginal and oral fungal infections and vaginal yeast infections
A fungal overgrowth caused by the Candida fungus can cause vaginal and oral yeast infections and vaginal yeast infections. These infections are common in women.
Oral fungal infections often cause a white coating on the tongue and inside the mouth. High blood glucose levels trigger fungal growth.
Female sexual dysfunction
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood sugar damages nerve fibers. This can cause tingling and loss of sensation in different parts of the body, including hands, feet, and legs.
This condition can also decrease the sensation in the vaginal area and a woman’s sexual desire.
The risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) is higher in women with diabetes. UTIs develop when bacteria enter the urinary tract. These infections can cause anything from painful urination, a burning sensation, or bloody or cloudy urine.
Tips to prevent urinary tract infections
It should be noted that there is a risk of suffering a kidney infection if these symptoms are not treated. UTIs are common in women with diabetes, mainly because the immune system is compromised due to hyperglycemia.