One of the most common ways medical condition affecting people in the United States today is diabetes. This is a metabolic disorder that shows up when blood sugar gets too high. Blood sugar is called glucose, and it must be processed by a hormone called insulin in order to power your cells. When a body produces little insulin or none at all, the body’s cells suffer from the lack of energy.
There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the body attacks its own cells, specifically the ones that produce insulin. The body basically shuts its own insulin production down. Type 2 occurs when the cells have been exposed to high blood sugar for so long that they lose their insulin sensitivity. As a result, the cells cannot use the glucose around them. Type 2 can be prevented, but Type 1 cannot. The team at Justice Healthcare can help you manage your situation, no matter which kind of diabetes you have.
Diabetes affects people in a lot of the same ways, but are there differences in the way it shows up in men versus women? Yes, there actually are some major differences. In our last blog, we looked into the ways that diabetes manifests in men. Today, we want to turn our attention to women and the ways that diabetes uniquely affects them.
Symptoms and Signs of Diabetes in Women
Even though women live longer than men do, when diabetes hits, they generally experience more dramatic symptoms. For instance, their risk of heart failure goes through the roof. Unfortunately, heart failure is a leading cause of death in women. Women also experience a higher risk of kidney disease, depression, and poor blood sugar control. Here are other symptoms that commonly show up in women when they develop diabetes:
Urinary tract infections.
- UTIs are more common in women than men anyway, but diabetes can make the problem worse. Diabetics have a lot of sugar in their blood due to their cells’ inability to process it, and sugar is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria can enter the system pretty much anywhere in the urinary tract, including the ureters, bladder, kidneys, and urethra.
- A fungus called Candida albicans due to the body’s inability to process sugar can lead to both vaginal and oral yeast infections. Vaginal yeast infections cause pain, itching discharge, and painful intercourse. Oral yeast infections cause a variety of symptoms in the mouth, including white spots, soreness, trouble swallowing, and swollen gums.
- Women experience reduced sex drive, nerve damage, vaginal dryness, and lower sexual response.
Polycystic ovary syndrome.
- This syndrome can cause insulin resistance and infertility. Its symptoms include acne, excess hair growth on the body, irregular periods, and thinning hair on the scalp.
Get Help Managing Your Diabetes
One of the ways that diabetes affects both men and women is inhibiting recovery from injuries and medical procedures. At Justice Healthcare, we have seen people have to return to the hospital due to complications involving diabetes. If they had simply had some good care in their homes, these people would not have had to pay for an unexpected hospital stay. Let us prevent this from happening to you. Contact us for home health care in