Exploring the Impact of Diabetes on Women: How it Affects Their Health and Quality of Life?
• Dr.WARUN KUMAR.M.R. MD(Gen Med) DM (Endo), Consultant
Endocrinologist,Diabetologist,Lipidologist Velammal medical college hospital-Speciality
Madurai-May24-Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide.
It is a disease that affects how our bodies use glucose, the primary energy source for our
cells. Although diabetes can affect both men and women, the impact of the disease on
women’s health can be unique. In this article, we will explore how diabetes affects women
and why it is crucial for women to take proactive steps in managing their health.
1. Diabetes affects women differently than men.
Diabetes can affect both men and women, but the impact of the disease can be different in
women. For example, women with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, kidney
disease, and eye problems than men with diabetes. Women also stand higher chances of
developing depression and anxiety, negatively affecting their health and well-being. (1)
2. Diabetes can affect women’s reproductive health.
Diabetes can have significant effects on women’s reproductive health. For example, women
with diabetes are more likely to have fertility problems, irregular menstrual cycles, and
complications during pregnancy. They are also more likely to have babies with congenital
disabilities and other health problems. (2)
3. Managing diabetes is crucial for women’s health.
Women with diabetes must take proactive steps to manage their health, such as
maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. They also
need to monitor their blood sugar levels regularly and take any prescribed medications as
directed by their healthcare provider. (3) (2)
Regular check-ups and screenings are also essential for women with diabetes. Women with
diabetes should have regular check-ups with their healthcare provider, including eye exams,
kidney function tests, and cholesterol tests. (3) They should also receive regular
gynecological care to monitor their reproductive health and screen for potential
Preventing and managing complications of diabetes is crucial for women’s health. Women
with diabetes should take effective measures to prevent and manage complications. If
complications do occur, it is essential to seek prompt medical help. For example, if a woman
with diabetes experiences chest pain or shortness of breath, she should seek immediate
medical attention as these can be signs of heart disease. Similarly, if a woman with diabetes
experiences vision changes, she should immediately see an eye specialist, as this can be a
sign of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Although it can
affect both men and women, the impact of the disease on women’s health can be unique.
Women with diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, and eye
problems than men with diabetes. Managing diabetes is essential for women’s overall
health and well-being, as it can significantly impact their mental health and increase the risk
of depression and anxiety. Women with diabetes should take proactive measures to prevent
and manage potential complications, as this can greatly improve their quality of life.With
proper management, women with diabetes can live healthy and fulfilling lives.
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susceptibility.” Diabetologia 63 (2020): 453-461.
2) Thong, E. P., Codner, E., Laven, J. S., & Teede, H. (2020). Diabetes: a metabolic and
reproductive disorder in women. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 8(2), 134-149.
3) Sandsæter, H. L., Horn, J., Rich-Edwards, J. W., & Haugdahl, H. S. (2019). Preeclampsia,
gestational diabetes and later risk of cardiovascular disease: Women’s experiences and
motivation for lifestyle changes explored in focus group interviews. BMC Pregnancy and
Childbirth, 19, 1-10.