Women’s Top Diabetes Concerns
Watch for Infections
“Certain types of infections can happen to anyone, men or women, but they tend to happen more frequently among women with type 2 diabetes,” says Melanie Jay, MD, a New York University professor of medicine. High blood sugars make a person with diabetes more likely to get infections. Higher than normal blood sugars may be a subtle sign of an infection.
Urinary tract infections happen when bacteria grow more readily in the lining of the bladder. Urinary tract infections can usually be treated with antibiotics your doctor prescribes.
Vaginal yeast infections may also accompany type 2 diabetes. The yeast, called candida, lives all over our bodies but thrives in warm, moist areas. If your blood sugars are often too high, you can have an overgrowth of candida that leads to infections.
Yeast infections can happen in other parts of the body where you have skin folds, such as in the armpits or beneath the breasts. People with diabetes can be prone to these infections.
What About Menopause?
Blood sugar fluctuations can cause some symptoms that are similar to those common in menopause, such as mood changes, fatigue, and hot flashes. Type 2 diabetes might also worsen sexual problems that can happen during menopause, like vaginal dryness and painful sex.
If you have any of these problems, talk to your doctor. Getting your diabetes under control helps.