Read on ladies and those with special women in their lives – this bit of wellness info is for you. According to medical research, complications related to diabetes differ between males and females. In fact, women living with diabetes are more likely to experience certain health risks than their male counterparts. 

Along with managing blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, women with diabetes have a few more things to think about. 

1

Diabetes and pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is when diabetes develops during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Tests for this condition are a part of most routine pregnancy check-ups at your OB/GYN’s office.

Diabetes in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for C-section and high blood pressure for mom-to-be. For the baby, there is a chance of growing larger than average, early delivery, low blood sugar, or respiratory distress at birth. Keeping blood glucose levels within the range specified by your doctor is the best way to avoid any possible complications.

Fortunately, many cases of gestational diabetes resolve after delivering the baby. Unfortunately, having had gestational diabetes puts the mother at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Continued screening for type 2 diabetes is the key to catching blood sugar abnormalities early.

2

Yeast and urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Blood sugar that spikes creates a perfect environment for the fungus that causes a yeast infection to dwell in. In most cases, people with diabetes also suffer from poor circulation that makes their body susceptible to infection – including UTIs. Some patients even have trouble with their urination patterns, which invites unwelcome bacteria into sensitive areas. 

The good news is that both infections should only be minor irritations, anticipating that appropriate treatment is sought out. If you’re a female with diabetes, talk to your gynecologist about symptoms of both feminine infections that you should know to keep an eye out for. 

3

Menstrual Cycle Irregularities

As if you needed more to worry about in the period department. When women menstruate, our hormones are often in flux – there’s science behind those PMS symptoms and chocolate cravings. Insulin is a hormone too, and doctors believe that some women with diabetes become even more resistant to insulin at certain parts of their monthly cycles.

To top it off, those hormone changes that make us crave simple sugars and want to curl up in bed instead of hitting the gym? That’s not exactly ideal for someone with diabetes, who we tell to maintain a well-balanced diet and exercise regime to stay healthy.

Women with type 1 diabetes in particular are shown to have shorter reproductive cycles than women without diabetes – meaning their first period will be later, and menopause will occur earlier.

Don’t Be Afraid, Talk to Your Doctor 

Above all else, disease management is the most important aspect of living with diabetes. As a woman, trust your instincts enough to identify when a symptom seems abnormal to you, and seek the second opinion of a physician who knows your condition well.

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