Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes in Women

by admin on July 27, 2013

The biggest problem in managing type 2 diabetes in women is in making sure the disease is diagnosed early enough before it becomes too serious. Therefore recognizing symptoms of type 2 diabetes in women is the best course of action. The question is how do you know you have it?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes in women – Overview

Type 2 diabetes in women is the same condition as in men, where the blood sugar level increases due to either a lack of insulin, or a condition of insulin resistance. The insulin is needed to regulate the blood sugar level, also known as glucose level, to be on a stable level. When the blood sugar level increases, the tissues and cells in the body will not get the energy they need and this is causing a string of symptoms that we can start to recognize.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes in women – What they are

The first and most noticeable symptom is the frequent thirst. This is because the cells and tissues do not get enough energy due to the high blood sugar level. When they do not have enough energy they will sent the signal to our brain that we need to drink more; hence the thirst. If you do not have any significant changes in your life for instance an increase in physical activity or taking new medication, then an increase in the frequency of thirst is one of the most common symptoms of type 2 diabetes in women. You should take note and tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Similar to frequent thirst, women will also feel frequent and extreme hunger. Once again, this is due to the lack of energy delivered to the cells and tissues when the glucose level is not regulated well by the insulin.

The indirect side effect from the two above symptoms is the frequent urination symptoms. The more you drink, the more you need to urinate. While frequent urination is not the direct side effect of high blood sugar, but it is probably the most noticeable one.

The next symptom is also quite noticeable. If you have frequent infections and they do not heal fast, that’s a sign that your blood sugar level is out of whack. This includes sore throat, skin irritation, and skin infection usually on elbows or creases. Another symptom similar to this, but specific to women, is vaginal yeast infection. If you have an increase in vaginal yeast infection and it does not heal as fast as before, you should notify your doctor as soon as possible.

The other symptoms are quite common to both male and female, they are: blurred vision, numbness in hands and feet, and tingling feeling in hands and feet. Blurred vision is due to a high blood sugar level in the metabolism. This is a direct side effect from type 2 diabetes. However, the numbness and tingling feeling in hands and feet are indirect side effect from the increase in blood sugar. The reason for this sensation is because there is a poor circulation in blood vessels far away from the heart, so you feel the tingling on your limbs. This can lead to a dangerous situation if left untreated, as if you have infection on those areas they will be slow to heal and can lead to amputation.

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