These are the early signs of diabetes in women

Don’t Ignore These 14 Shocking Early Signs of Diabetes in Women to Prevent Serious Health Risks

Do you know untreated diabetes complications like heart diseases, kidney failure, and cancer, increase death risk by 50%? This is why you should know how to detect the early signs of diabetes and prevent serious health diseases!

In this blog post, I’ve covered various first signs of diabetes that women often ignore.

What is Diabetes?

Before diving into the warning symptoms of high blood sugar, let’s start with the definition of diabetes.

Diabetes is an endocrinological disease that stops insulin production or function and raises sugar content in your blood. Insulin is a hormone responsible for absorbing sugar and sending it to your cells to be used as energy.

Type 1 diabetics are naturally unable to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetics are insulin-resistant — their body doesn’t use insulin to absorb sugar. As a result, diabetics have excess sugar in the bloodstream which can be dangerous for their health.

Do you know untreated diabetes puts you at risk of an early death. 😐

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Diabetes Health Risks in Women

If you don’t know how to identify the early signs of diabetes, chances are your blood glucose levels will remain unmanaged for a long time. Consequently, you may develop alarming health complications.

Studies show that untreated diabetes even contributes to early death in women!

Let’s discuss diabetes in pregnancy or gestational diabetes, which is quite harmful for baby’s wellbeing. Gestational diabetes leads to premature delivery, hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, C-section, and stillbirth. In some cases, pregnancy diabetes may cause birth deformities. 

Thus, knowing the dangerous symptoms of gestational diabetes can prevent these pregnancy complications.

Additionally, long-term diabetes leads to the following health risks in women:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Kidney diseases
  • Bone diseases such as osteoporosis
  • Insomnia 
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Breast cancer
  • Skin problems

Let’s get to the warning signs of diabetes so you can start proper treatment right away.

14 Alarming Symptoms of Glucose Spike in Women

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These are the early signs of diabetes in women

1. You’ve to Pee Frequently

One of the early signs of high blood sugar is an increased urge to pee.

When your kidneys notice sugar escalation, they begin overworking in order to filter and absorb the excess blood sugar. Because of the increased kidney function, you’ll feel thirsty, drink water more and visit the bathroom frequently. 

If this problem messes with your sleep schedule – i.e disturb your sleep at night – you might want to seek a professional’s opinion.

2. You Feel Dehydrated

As mentioned above, rapid kidney function & frequent bathroom trips will make you thirsty. Look out for this warning sign of diabetes, especially if the dehydration is not related to hot climate, as it can alert you of a spike in sugar levels early on.

3. You’ve Become Moody

Sudden mood swings are also early signs of diabetes in women. You might find yourself easily irritated and angry; that’s because high blood sugar affects hormone balance. Unstable hormones cause emotional exhaustion. Severe stress, anxiety, and depression are symptoms of high glucose levels.

4. You Feel Too Tired, Too Often

Many women with diabetes also experience extreme lethargy. You might be exhausted after performing simple chores such as making tea or cleaning your room. If you have a good night’s sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours and still feeling tired, it might be a symptom of diabetes.

5. You’re Suddenly Losing Weight

Fluctuating weight is also one of the early signs of diabetes in women.

Low levels of insulin inhibit sugar absorption and energy generation. Hence, your body finds new ways to replace glucose. The easiest way is to burn excess fat and use it to generate energy. Hence, sudden weight loss may be a warning symptom of diabetes.

If you’ve lost up to 5% or more of your body weight within a short period, it’s best to visit a diabetes doctor ASAP.

6. You Feel Hungry All The Time

Hormone imbalance & the mental distress caused by hyper- or hypoglycemia can also lead to severe hunger pangs. You may experience urges to snack on your favorite junk foods, typically at night, or when you’re stressed out.

Besides, when your body begins burning excess fat, you may feel hungry more often. If you don’t eat nutritious foods to regulate blood sugar, there’s a chance of increased weight and obesity. Obesity further raises the risk of diabetic health complications.

In short, diabetes is directly linked to your diet. The healthier you eat, the easier it is to manage the sugar levels. 

If you notice any significant changes in your cravings, it might be a sign of diabetes.

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7. Your Arms or Legs Feel Numb

Tingly arms and legs are also early signs of diabetes in women. This condition is medically known as diabetic neuropathy. 

Long-term high sugar in the bloodstream can damage the nerve function and disturb the signals sent from your brain to hands or feet. This may lead to a tingly feeling in these regions. 

Another reason for numbness in arms or legs could be poor blood circulation. Over time, untreated diabetes can destroy vessels that carry blood to the organs. It often causes plaque development, leading to inadequate circulation and numb limbs.

If you experience numbness frequently, it could be one of the first warning signs of diabetes. Visit a doctor immediately to prevent the risk of a heart attack.

8. You’ve Blurry Vision

Blurry vision is yet another symptom of diabetes.

High blood sugar levels damage the nerves in your eyes and cause vision impairment. In severe cases, diabetes can even lead to glaucoma or blindness. If you’ve otherwise normal sight, blurry vision could be one of the early signs of diabetes you should look out for.

9. You Feel Nauseated

Nausea is also quite common in women with high blood sugar. If you’re experiencing nausea for no apparent reason, it could be because of digestive problems caused by diabetes or varying blood sugar levels.

10. You’ve Recurrent Headaches

Moderate to severe headaches or morning dizziness might occur as early signs of diabetes in women as well. When you wake up, your body may have too high or too low sugar, which can result in searing headaches.

Additionally, some women experience migraines because of persistently high glucose. If you notice lingering headaches in the morning,  I suggest getting your sugar levels checked.

11. You’ve Itchy or Dry Skin

Because of dehydration and poor circulation, diabetics also develop itchiness in hands, feet, genitals, butt, and even mouth corners. Controlling your blood sugar levels timely can help reduce this problem.

12. You’ve Dark Skin Patches

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You should know about these 14 early warning signs of diabetes in women.

Dark velvety skin patches in certain body parts are symptoms of prediabetes — a condition that indicates early onset of diabetes. Prediabetics are often at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on.

In some women, long term glucose disease can develop diabetic dermopathy. This condition causes circular, scaly, red, black, or brown patches on feet. They are easily visible and usually at the front of the feet. 

If you notice any visible dark spots on the neck, legs, groin, underarms, or elsewhere, it may be one of the early signs of diabetes.

13. You’ve Had Many Infections in A Short Period

You might become increasingly prone to infections as high blood sugar weakens the immune system. Spikes in sugar lead to hyperglycemia which makes your organs susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. 

If you’ve noticed frequent infections within a short time, it might be an early sign of diabetes.

14. You’ve Started Losing Hair

Diabetic hairfall is a commonly ignored symptom of high blood sugar levels. We lose a lot of hair daily. But diabetes in women may cause significant hair loss — I’m talking bunches on the pillow and brushes filled with hair!

In case of rapid hair loss, get your blood sugar levels checked immediately as it could be a warning sign of diabetes.

I understand losing hair can be super frustrating, especially if you don’t know whether or not they’ll grow back. But don’t worry! I’ve created an in-depth blog post on useful tips to treat diabetic hairfall naturally

Tips to Treat Diabetes Naturally

My first recommendation is to visit a doctor if you notice any of the early signs of diabetes mentioned above. You’ll need immediate medication to improve insulin functioning. 

Next, your doctor might advise you to change your lifestyle. Managing symptoms by altering your lifestyle is the easiest way to regulate sugar & reverse diabetes in the long run. 

Here are some tips to manage diabetes symptoms and control blood sugar naturally.

  • Tip #1: Start eating healthy. Cut down on high carb foods as they might increase your weight. Be sensible with red meat intake. Also avoid sugary stuff such as carbonated drinks, sweetened cereals, and dried foods.
  • Tip #2: Exercise daily. This will help you stay fit, avoid weight gain, & naturally regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Tip #3: Avoid binge-drinking. Alcohol can be a fatal enemy for diabetics if you don’t practice caution.
  • Tip #4: Monitor your blood glucose often. Make it a habit to check your blood sugar levels daily. Type 2 diabetics should check their sugar at least once a day.
  • Tip #5: Take your medicine on time. Failing to take insulin on time can spike your glucose to dangerous levels and you might end up in the ER.
  • Tip #6: Quit smoking. Nicotine messes with the effect of insulin and makes it difficult to manage diabetic symptoms.

If you’ve experienced any such symptoms, what was your experience like? Also, did you notice any other unique early signs of diabetes or prediabetes before your diagnosis? Share with me in the comments below.

I hope you found this article useful! If you did, don’t forget to share it with your friends and fam. 

References:

  • https://catalyst.phrma.org/costs-and-consequences-of-not-treating-diabetes
  • https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/understanding-diabetes-symptoms
  • https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/type-1/symptoms

Sabika Hassan

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I'm the owner of this blog. Graduated as a biomedical engineer in 2014, then decided to merge my passion for health and writing. After working for many years as a freelance writer and editor, I started Women Health Hub with an aim to empower and educate women to improve their wellbeing. When not writing, you'll find me reading, cooking, painting/crafting or watching comedy/horror/psychological thrillers series.

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