Diabetes Symptoms in Women

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.

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“Guy” waiting for the bus may have diabetes…

Similarly, here’s the image you get when you search for “Type 2 diabetes” in Google.

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Google search for “Type 2 diabetes” yields this image of a guy glucose testing

So today we are going to post a guide online on type 2 diabetes for women!

Symptoms that both men and women can experience:

  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Hunger
  • Fatigue
  • 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.