Diabetes is an umbrella term for illnesses in which a person has high glucose levels. That is caused by problems with insulin production/procession. One of the worst things about diabetes – it can affect anybody, no matter their age, gender or lifestyle.
There are many differences when it comes to genders, however. Let’s go over them real quick here. First off, men, on average, receive a significantly more aggressive treatment when it comes to the risk factors closely connected to diabetes. There are many diabetes-related complications that are barely noticeable in women. The last difference worth noting: men have dissimilar types of heart-related issues compared to women. Now, let’s talk about diabetes symptoms unique to women.
1. Vaginal infections, oral/vaginal thrush
We won’t dive into the details on this one, but let’s put it this way – high blood sugar levels in the blood oftentimes cause this kind of fungus growth.
The risk of a UTI is higher in people that suffer from diabetes, it’s closely connected to the lessened circulation.
3. Sexual issues
Diabetes causes loss of sensation in several parts of your body (feet, hands, legs, for example). This also might affect a woman’s nether regions and significantly lessen your libido.
If you have irregular periods, if you gained weight, are suffering depression and/or acne, you might have a PCOS. This illness leads to insulin resistance, which, in turn, leads to diabetes.
Now let’s go over the diabetes symptoms unique to men.
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low testosterone
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Decreased sex drive and various kinds of sexual issues
There are many symptoms that occur both in men and women, including frequent urination, tiredness, constant thirst and hunger, slow-healing wounds, breath with a very specific smell, reduced sensation in several parts of your body.
The people with undiagnosed type-two diabetes oftentimes show no apparent symptoms whatsoever. On a more positive note, there are many ways you can take care of the symptoms. There’s always insulin therapy, Glucophage and several other medications that will help you avoid the complications. There are many lifestyle changes that help, there are some alternative medications that might or might not help.
There’s no cure for this illness, but you can live a happy life even if you suffer from diabetes. Make sure you check your glucose levels frequently. Undiagnosed and untreated diabetes can shorten your lifespan by twenty years (or ten years if it’s type two).