Diabetes can happen to any person regardless of their gender, but the symptoms differ slightly. Diabetes treatment depends largely on the symptoms that occur. The difference in the diabetes symptoms due to gender is because of the following reasons:
- The complications that occur in women due to diabetes are far more complex than men and are difficult to diagnose.
- The heart diseases that women suffer from are of various types and not like the limited types of heart diseases as in men.
- The action of hormones is very different in the case of women.
Here are a few of the diabetes symptoms in women along with treatment options.
Vaginal and oral infection: The candida fungus can lead to serious yeast infections in the vaginal tract of women. It can also cause a vaginal thrust and oral infections. Now if you are wondering how you will know that you have an infection, it is very simple. You will have a vaginal discharge, itching and also experience painful sex. When you have higher amounts of glucose in the blood, the growth of the fungus increases automatically. Diabetes medication can bring down the level of glucose, and you will find the infection lowering down gradually. If it still doesn’t work, then you can take some medications for vaginal infection.
Leg pain: Some women experience leg pain when they have diabetes. Leg pain related to diabetes can be treated through medication. For peripheral neuropathy in the case of diabetes, two medications are widely approved.
Polycystic ovary syndrome: Among other indications, diabetes is symptomized by polycystic ovary syndrome, which shows signs like irregular periods, acne, sudden gain of weight and depression. This syndrome also gives rise to resistance to insulin leading to a rise in blood sugar. Polycystic ovary syndrome should be nipped in the bud, else it may increase the chance of having diabetes.
Urinary tract infections: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common in women who have diabetes or are prone to diabetes. It develops due to bacteria in the urinary tract and can lead to a painful urination and irritation, which gradually lead to a burning sensation. Women with diabetes have UTIs because the WBCs cannot travel through their bloodstream to kill the infecting agents. For treatment, diabetes medications should be taken along with medications for the infection.
Sexual dysfunction: When you have high amount of glucose in your blood, it gradually damages the nerves and leads to a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition leads to loss of sensation in various parts of the body including the vaginal tract. This leads to a decrease in the sex drive in a woman.
If you are facing one or more of these symptoms, visit a doctor and enlighten yourself with the knowledge of how to manage the condition. Diabetes, if not kept under control, may turn grave and in extreme cases, even lead to death.