Seven common questions relating to diabetes in women.
Like most diseases, diabetes affects each person in a slightly different manner. Just as your body is uniquely yours, so is the diabetes that you manage. And being a woman with the Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes yields yet an additional set of distinct questions. Read on for the answers to some common questions regarding diabetes in women.
Which diabetes medication has side effects specific to women?
Thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, are oral medications that may cause women who aren’t ovulating and have yet to go through menopause to begin ovulating. This means they’re able to conceive again. In addition, oral contraceptives might be less effective when taken with TZDs, increasing the chance of conception even more. Examples of TZDs are Actos and Avandia.
Should women with diabetes abstain from alcohol?
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends women with diabetes stick to one drink per day, if they choose to drink alcohol at all. According to their guidelines, one drink is the equivalent of one glass of wine or 12 ounces of beer.
Do women with diabetes have any sexual-health issues because of the disease?
It’s possible for some women to experience some changes in their sexual health due to diabetes. These include discomfort during intercourse, a decrease in vaginal lubrication, and an overall lack of libido.
Is it okay for a woman with diabetes to breastfeed?
Typically, yes, it’s perfectly fine for a mother with diabetes to nurse her child. Breast milk is generally recommended for all mothers who have preexisting or gestational diabetes since it provides the best nutrition for the baby.
Why are women with diabetes more likely to develop recurrent yeast infections?
Because glucose, or sugar in the blood serves as a trigger for yeast to grow in the body, women with diabetes tend to develop recurrent yeast infections more frequently.
What is the recommended daily intake of cholesterol for women with diabetes?
The ADA suggests cholesterol levels be less than 200, with LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100 mg/dL, HDL (good cholesterol) above 55 mg/dL, and triglycerides under 150 mg/dL.
Will a woman with diabetes pass the disease on to her children?
There are many factors that determine whether someone with diabetes will pass the disease on. Risk factors include whether there is a history of diabetes in the family, how old the mother is when the child is born, and the mother’s age at the time of diagnosis.
Information is power, so feel encouraged knowing the more knowledge you have about diabetes will help you manage its effects on your body. No matter the issue, though, remember to discuss any health concern or change in medication with your physician.
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