Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar due to problems processing or producing insulin. Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or lifestyle. India is recognised as the diabetes capital of the world due to the high and increasing incidences of the metabolic disorder. The endocrine disease records for more than 50 million people in India, suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes disease incidence has also increased in women is usually seen as gestational diabetes and a lifestyle disorder.
Symptoms of diabetes in women:
Both men and women may experience the following symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes:
But symptoms that are unique to women include:
Complications of diabetes in Women:
In general population risk of heart and kidney disease is less in women as compared to men but this distinction disappears with the appearance of diabetes. Also other complications of diabetes like eye involvement, nerve dysfunction, and foot ulceration are common in women with long standing diabetes and poor blood glucose control.
So, women with diabetes should be tested for heart disease risk factors, like high blood pressure or unbalanced cholesterol, and treated aggressively.