Diabetes in America is on the rise, and we have to say it isn’t that surprising.  Majority of Americans are not getting enough exercise.  Supersized portions everywhere you go.  Supermarkets lined with aisles of chips, cookies and products marketed as ‘healthy’ when in reality they aren’t.

Ready for a staggering fact?  More than 13 million women have type 2 diabetes.  That’s approximately one in 10 women ages 20 and older!  Diabetes is a chronic condition that may occur when your body doesn’t create enough insulin, or when your body has difficulty using the insulin that it does make.  

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According to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine, they found several possible reasons for the gender differences for men and women diagnosed with diabetes.  Some of those reasons included:

  • Diabetic symptoms in women are more difficult to diagnose
  • Women often have different kinds of heart disease than men
  • Hormones and inflammation act differently in women

Diabetic Symptoms in Women

If you are a woman with diabetes, you will experience the same symptoms as a man does.  But, there are some diabetic symptoms in women unique to women.  Some of these unique symptoms may include:

  • Urinary infections
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Vaginal and oral yeast infections
  • Vaginal thrush

Some of the symptoms for both women and men might include:

  • Losing weight for no particular reason
  • Being extremely thirsty
  • Having to urinate often
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Feeling extremely tired
  • Blurry vision
  • A dark ring on the skin around your neck

Diabetic Risk Factors in Women

According to the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you are at risk for diabetes if you:

  • Are older than 45 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Your family has a history of diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have gestational diabetes
  • Exercise less than three times a week
  • Have a history of stroke or heart disease

If you have diabetes, there are many lifestyle changes that can help manage it as well as medications. Remember to consult your doctor before trying any new treatments.  

We’ve put together a little cookbook with some of our favorite diabetic recipes out there.  Now you can say bon appetit—guilt free!  Here are 5 deliciously healthy diabetic recipes.

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