Here at Droplet Health we are focused on women’s health, and find it very frustrating that diabetes public health materials trend to be targeted towards men.
For example, here’s a bus stop in San Francisco, near the corner of Geary and Divisadero.
Similarly, here’s the image you get when you search for “Type 2 diabetes” in Google.
So today we are going to post a guide online on type 2 diabetes for women!
Symptoms that both men and women can experience:
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Some with type 2 diabetes experience no symptoms
Symptoms the women experience
- Persistent yeast infections, the increased levels of glucose cause candida to flourish in the vagina.
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Irregular (particularly longer) menstrual cycles are often a marker of insulin resistance or even diabetes
- Many women are asymptomatic
If you are concerned about whether you are diabetic it is really easy and safe to take an at-home A1c test. A1c or hemoglobin A1c is a test that acts as a running average of your blood sugar levels over the past 120 days. Here’s the range you should look for:
- A1c lower than 5.7% – this indicates you are low risk of diabetes
- A1c between 5.7%-6.5% – this indicates elevated risk of diabetes
- A1c greater than 6.5% – this indicates high risk of diabetes
Fasting is not required to take the A1c test.