This year’s Theme: Women and Diabetes – Our right to a healthy future It’s better to get tested for Diabetes than to be at risk.
As we know that diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in Women globally. Every year nearly 2.1 million deaths occur all across the globe. According to the data published by various sources, the results are shocking, as currently over 199 million women are living with diabetes and this number is going to increase to 313 million by the year 2040.
Accounting for over 60 million women worldwide, two out of every five women who are living with diabetes are in the reproductive age group. Women living up with diabetes face lots of difficulty in conceiving and many women have poor pregnancy outcomes also.
Due to Gestational Diabetes (GDM), approximately one in seven births is affected by it. Gestational Diabetes can lead to sever threat to maternal and child health if neglected.
DIABETES IN INDIA AMONG WOMEN:
According to an official of Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), India have the second largest number of diabetic patients which is at 70 million, where China being the first which has about 110 million. The number of people living with diabetes is likely to increase to 120 million in the next 20 years as compared to current number i.e 70 million, in the country.
In India, the incidence of diabetes is increasing rapidly among women, especially who are living in urban areas. The rapid increase is putting these women at the risk of various other diseases, further leading to premature mortality.
According to the latest study it has been found that the prevalence of the disease condition is 17.7% among the women of urban middle class while 10% among the women living in rural areas. This percentage is higher in urban women as women living up in urban areas have more responsibilities as they go out and work more often. Their eating habits are irregular and they don’t exercise regularly.
IMPACT OF DIABETES:
If diabetes is not controlled within a specific time frame, it can affect the other important organs of the body such as eyes, kidney and at worst can lead to depression. Women with gestational diabetes experience complication during pregnancies such as high blood pressure, large birth weight babies and obstructed labour. Notable number of females suffering from gestational diabetes may also go on to develop the type 2 diabetes which will further result in more complicated healthcare.
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES:
In Females Especially:
- Vaginal and oral yeast infections and vaginal thrush
- Urinary infections
- Female sexual dysfunction
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
In both males and females:
- Frequent urination
- Feeling on nausea
- Vision impairment
- Either sudden weight loss or gain
- Skin infections
- Wounds that takes times in healing
- Reduced the feeling in hands and feet
- Breath that has a sweet, fruity or acetone odor
- Increased thirst and hunger
TIPS FOR PREVENTION OF THE DISEASE:
It is advisable for everyone to follow these tips to beat the risk of developing diabetes:
- A healthy lifestyle should be followed
- Physical activity should be done regularly
- The diet should be well balanced which should include whole grains, pulses, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy.
- Trans-fats should be avoided
- A healthy weight should be maintained
- De-stressing is important and can be done by listening music, book reading, etc.
So ladies don’t wait for the situation to get worse and start taking the preventive health steps from today onwards.
Metro Group of Hospitals has an advanced diagnostic facilities and very experienced and specialized Diabetes Specialists. We have handled complex Diabetes Cases with good results. More Information Consult our expert,Dr. Saibal Chakravorty ,Senior Consultant Internal Medicine Department . To know more or book an appointment, e-mail: [email protected] or call: +919910492867