Diabetes in Women

Diabetes in women is a special concern to the medical community. In fact, the risk for heart disease is six times higher for women with diabetes than those without. Approximately 15 million women in the US suffer from diabetes, that’s 1 in every 9 females.

AxessPointe in Kent, Ohio, is observing National Diabetes Month with a focus on diabetes and women. Accordingly, we want our patients to know the warning signs. Please talk with one of our healthcare providers if you are experiencing any symptoms.

Diabetes Symptoms in Women

There are several common symptoms for diabetes.  Make an appointment with our AxessPointe healthcare providers if you notice any of the following indicators:

  • Increased or frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in hands, legs and feet


AxessPointe offers screenings for prediabetes or diabetes in women.  At your appointment we will discuss your symptom concerns, lifestyle, activity level and eating habits.   After consultation, glucose testing or an A1c blood test may be recommended.

Type 1 or Type 2? What’s the difference?

We often hear about diabetes in conversations or on television. Part of that dialogue always seems to include “type 1” or “type 2.”  What’s the difference?

Type 2 is much more common, and accounts for about 90% of diabetics.  It is typically diagnosed later in life, usually after the age of 45.  Lifestyle factors such as diet and activity level are believed to play the most significant role in its development.

Type 1 is not common and diagnosed in patients at an early age.  Most often between the ages of 4 and 14. There is no way to prevent type 1, and it is often hereditary.

In short, both type 1 and type 2 occur when our body cannot properly store and use glucose. Glucose, or sugar, is essential for energy.  When glucose cannot reach the cells that need it, there can be significant complications.

Pregnancy and Diabetes in Women

Gestational diabetes sometimes occurs in pregnant women who have not previously been diabetic.  In fact, it occurs in about 10% of pregnant women.  Unfortunately, the causes are unknown.  However, you can lower your risk for gestational diabetes by eating healthy and staying active before and during your pregnancy.

Getting tested for gestational diabetes is part of regular prenatal care. Usually, you will get the test between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. If diagnosed with gestational diabetes, know you are not alone.  It happens to millions of women.  Generally speaking, treatment includes meal planning and exercise.  At times, it also includes glucose testing and insulin.

Blood sugar levels usually return to normal after your baby is born. However, about half the women with gestational diabetes develop type 2 diabetes. You can lower your risk by reaching a healthy body weight after your baby is born.

Does a Diabetes Diagnosis Mean Insulin Shots?

Type 2 diabetes, the most common, is often managed with healthy lifestyle changes and medication.  However, in more serious cases, insulin therapy is necessary. Some patients are uncomfortable with initiating insulin therapy, but delaying that therapy can put your health at risk.

Our healthcare providers here at AxessPointe will help you understand the lifestyle changes necessary to live your healthiest life.  Furthermore, we will discuss your concerns about insulin therapy and help you get comfortable with it if it becomes necessary.

Diabetes and Day to Day Living

Fortunately, diabetes is a condition that can be managed.   For example, healthy lifestyle changes through diet and exercise have a significant impact and keep you on track to living your best life.  Additionally, proper management of medications and insulin, if necessary, plays a vital role in managing this condition.

While it has its challenges, women with diabetes can continue to reach their goals and live their best life.  Education and a good support system are essential.  Make AxessPointe a part of your support system.