Diabetes Symptoms

Our goal is to help with the care and treatment of diabetes including diagnosing the symptoms

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How Women Cope

Managing chronic illness day in and day out can be stressful and emotionally draining. If you're newly diagnosed, you're trying to get your mental and physical bearings to figure out your own path to diabetes control. You've been thrown into this disease headfirst, and, even with the best diabetes care team guiding you, these early days can be stressful, scary, and anxious. In a worst case scenario, you may have been handed a diagnosis, a one size fits all "diabetic diet" and/or prescription, and shown the door to figure things out on your own .

Dealing with Depression

People with diabetes are up to three times more likely to suffer from depression than the general population, and women with diabetes are more likely to experience depression than men. It's normal to experience some depressive symptoms at diagnosis, but when depression starts to interfere with everyday life and you start to lose interest in things you used to enjoy, you may be experiencing a major depressive episode. Depression distracts you from proper diabetes care, and clinical studies have shown that people with diabetes who are depressed have higher blood glucose levels and a higher incidence of microvascular and macrovascular diabetic complications. Add poor control, and the symptoms and psychological impact of knowing you aren't doing well with your diabetes care can make you even more depressed, resulting in a downward spiral of diabetes highs and emotional lows.

Weighty Issues

Women with type 1 diabetes may find their weight fluctuating with their insulin needs, which can be a source of frustration and may also take a toll on self esteem, particularly in the teen years. For women with type 2 diabetes, who often have weight problems, negative body image is a prevalent problem. Aside from contributing to depression, a poor self image can hinder your sex life and be a source of stress and anxiety. Living a fit and active lifestyle should not be identified with being supermodel skinny. Accepting yourself at any size is important to your physical and psychological well being. Sometimes weight problems can feel so insurmountable that women are hesitant to even take that first step forward for fear of failure. Soon they find themselves in an endless cycle of binging, bad feelings, and sky high blood glucose levels. Consequently, self esteem plummets along with diabetes control. Yes, weight loss can be hard, but you don't have to go it alone. Your doctor, registered dietitian, and diabetes care team are all there to help you succeed.