The What, Why & How of Diabetes in Women


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The What, Why & How of Diabetes in Women

  1. 1. Prachi Bhagwat
  2. 2. In our body, pancreas produces the hormoneinsulin.In Diabetes, the pancreas is affected such that iteither cannot produce enough insulin, cannot useinsulin correctly or both.When insulin does not function properly, glucosecannot enter the cells.Glucose levels in the blood increase and the cellslack the energy they need to function.
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  4. 4. Normal Case – Pancreas produces insulinwhich helps Glucose enter the cells andgets converted into energy.Type 1 Diabetes - body’s defence systemattacks the insulin-producing cells.Type 2 Diabetes – Characterized by insulinresistance and relative insulin deficiency.
  5. 5. Women with diabetes are more likely to have aheart attack and have it at a younger age.Some women get diabetes when they arepregnant.Women who have diabetes are more likely to havea miscarriage or a baby with birth defects.For poor women, it is very hard to manageDiabetes.Most people with diabetes die from heart attackor stroke.
  6. 6. The prime cause of diabetes in women isobesity. Some warning signs are: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Tiredness Recurrent yeast infection Weight loss Dry skin
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  8. 8.  ObesitySedentary LifestyleUnhealthy Eating HabitsFamily History and GeneticsIncreased AgeHigh Blood Pressure and High CholesterolHistory of Gestational Diabetes – Affects 4%pregnant Women.
  9. 9. Diabetes can develop during pregnancy in womenwho haven’t previously had the condition. This iscalled gestational diabetes.It can occur at any stage of pregnancy; morecommonly in 2nd Half. It occurs when your body can’t produce enoughextra insulin to meet the demands of pregnancy.It goes away after a woman gives birth to a child.
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  11. 11. Common Symptoms are frequent URINATION,increased thirst, and increased hunger.However these are common during pregnancyhence are difficult to distinguish from Diabetes.Usually urine tests reveal high blood glucoselevels.Elevated blood glucose is found after 3-4drawings of blood during pregnancy confirmsGestational Diabetes.
  12. 12. Macrosomia (very large baby) occurs when themothers blood sugar level is high throughoutpregnancy. Preeclampsia is high blood pressure and proteinin the urine during pregnancy. It may require thebaby to be delivered early. Severe preeclampsiacan lead to seizures or kidney or liver problems. Hydramnios occurs when there is toomuch amniotic fluid in the sac that surrounds thebaby.
  13. 13. Urinary tract infections can occur withoutsymptoms. If the infection is not treated, it mayspread from the bladder to the kidneys. Respiratory distress syndrome can make it harderfor the baby to breathe after birth. Stillbirth - Delivery of a baby that has diedbefore birth occurs more often in babies of womenwhose diabetes was not well controlled before andduring pregnancy.
  14. 14. If you are a women already having Diabetes,you must learn following to prevent futureproblems. Plan the pregnancy. See your doctor. Eat healthy foods from a meal plan madefor you as a person with diabetes.
  15. 15.  Exercise regularly. Monitor blood sugar often. Take prescribed medications on time. Control and treat low blood sugar quickly. Follow-up with the doctor regularly.
  16. 16.  It can be managed through good nutritionalEATING HABITS and daily exercise.If lifestyle measures do not maintain stable bloodglucose levels, women may need insulin injectionsfor remainder of pregnancy.Some women develop high risk of conventionalDiabetes once pregnancy is over.
  17. 17.  Gestational diabetes usually goes away afterpregnancy.But once youve had gestational diabetes, yourchances are 2 in 3 that it will return in futurepregnancies. Some women develop high risk ofconventional Diabetes once pregnancy is over.Many women who have gestational diabetes go onto develop type 2 diabetes years later.
  18. 18. Certain Preventive measures preventDiabetes after Gestational Diabetes: Losing weight . Making healthy food choices. Exercising. Proper and Balanced diet.
  19. 19. Problems in Newborn: Low glucose levels Low blood calcium and magnesium levels An excess of red blood cells Neonatal jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin) Breathing problems.All the above problems are not serious and are easilytreated. Women with Diabetes can also breastfeedtheir babies.
  20. 20. Menopause is caused by the natural loss of ovarianfunction, which in turn leads to a decrease inestrogens production and the cessation of monthlymenstruation.Menopause typically (but not always) occurs inwomen in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s,and signals the end of the fertile phase of awomans life.Women who smoke cigarettes experiencemenopause significantly earlier than non-smokers.
  21. 21. Theres plenty you can do to better managediabetes and menopause.Make healthy lifestyle choices.Measure your blood sugar frequently.Ask your doctor about adjusting your diabetesmedications.Ask your doctor about cholesterol-loweringmedication. Seek help for menopausal symptoms.
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