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Unraveling the Gender Dynamics of Diabetes - 10 Insights

World Diabetes Day 2023: Unraveling the Gender Dynamics of Diabetes - 10 Insights

Diabetes, a global metabolic disorder, weaves its intricate impact differently across genders. As we mark World Diabetes Day on November 14, understanding the nuanced ways in which high blood sugar affects women is paramount. Dr. Dheeraj Kapoor, Chief Endocrinologist at Artemis Hospital Gurugram, sheds light on the gender-specific risks and symptoms of diabetes, emphasizing the need for tailored prevention, diagnosis, and management.

1. Gestational Diabetes:
During pregnancy, women may develop gestational diabetes, elevating the risk of type 2 diabetes later in life. Regular screenings are imperative to detect and manage this condition promptly.

2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS):
PCOS, a common hormonal disorder, is linked to insulin resistance, heightening the risk of type 2 diabetes. Vigilance in monitoring blood sugar levels is crucial for women with PCOS.

3. Hormonal Influence on Blood Sugar:
Hormonal fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can impact blood sugar levels. Understanding these nuances is crucial for effective diabetes management in women.

4. Increased Cardiovascular Risk:
Women with diabetes face a higher risk of cardiovascular complications. Combining elevated blood sugar with other factors like high blood pressure contributes to a greater likelihood of heart disease.

5. Unique Symptoms in Women:
Beyond common diabetes symptoms, women may experience issues like UTIs and yeast infections more frequently. Increased susceptibility is linked to high-sugar environments.

6. Depression and Diabetes:
Women with diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression. The emotional toll of managing a chronic condition, coupled with hormonal fluctuations, contributes to mental health challenges.

7. Menopause and Diabetes Management:
Hormonal changes during menopause can affect insulin sensitivity, presenting challenges in diabetes management. Adaptation of strategies during and after menopause becomes crucial.

8. Pregnancy Planning and Diabetes Control:
Pre-conception care is vital for women with diabetes planning pregnancy. Well-controlled blood sugar levels reduce the risk of complications for both mother and baby.

9. Bone Health Concerns:
Women with diabetes may be at a higher risk of bone fractures due to impacts on bone density. Adequate calcium intake, vitamin D supplementation, and weight-bearing exercises are essential.

10. Lifestyle Management:
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is pivotal for diabetes management in women. Balanced diet, regular physical activity, stress management, and weight maintenance are crucial elements.

Dr. Kapoor stresses the importance of a comprehensive approach, customizing strategies to women's unique needs. Regular screenings, lifestyle adjustments, and collaboration between women and healthcare providers are crucial for effective gestational diabetes diet management. In navigating diabetes complexities, awareness and proactive healthcare are pivotal. Trust our expertise for personalized care.

Unravel the gender dynamics of diabetes with Artemis Hospital Gurugram's Endocrinology specialty. For personalized care and effective management, consult our experts. Your journey to optimal health starts here.

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