Type 2 diabetes in many ways is like a silent assassin. In fact, people don’t even die from type 2 diabetes, but the complications of it. And the truth is the warning signs of diabetes in women can be so subtle that they go unnoticed for years.
Not to mention, they can start off as minor things and over the years start to feel normal. Many women go on for years living with type 2 diabetes and don’t even know it. Usually a routine physical is when many women find out that they have problems with their blood sugar levels.
Warning Signs of Diabetes in Women Explained
There aren’t any major differences between men and women when it comes to signs of diabetes.
One sign of diabetes that is unique to women is if a woman had gestational diabetes during pregnancy. And although this is more of a risk factor per say that she’ll develop type 2 diabetes in the next several years, I consider it to be a sign. The reason for this is because 50% of women with gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes 5-10 years later.
Not only does gestational diabetes put a woman at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, it also sets her unborn child up for type 2 diabetes in the future. In fact, a fetus starts producing its own insulin in the second trimester. So all that extra insulin on board, which a woman will need (medical term hyperinsulinemia) to control elevated blood sugar is problematic for the fetus.
Numbness and Tingling
Of most of the women that I have spoken with through my work in the industry, it seems that I hear numbness as one of the early signs of diabetes a lot. I’ll hear a woman say,” I had this tingling feeling in my feet, but I just assumed I was tired since I had been walking a lot.”
Well this can be a sign because type 2 diabetes creates all kind of circulation problems. And over the course of a few years this can be a big problem and your poor feet don’t stand a chance.
Another sign if you will, is low energy. I’ve heard women say that they are always tired and just didn’t have any energy. This is because of insulin resistance which makes it hard for glucose to get into the cells of your body.
So with all that extra sugar floating around in your bloodstream and not able to get into your cells you don’t have energy. Glucose gives your cells the energy they need.
Extreme hunger is another big one. I’ve heard this one probably the most. If you feel hungry it is another case of your cells starving again. When you’re cells are resistant to insulin they can get the energy you need so this will create hunger. In many cases even though you’ve just ate.
Some other common signs of diabetes are excessive thirst, having to urinate often and blurred vision.
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