Why Diabetes Is Different for Women

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-10-12 13:37:38 -0500
Started 2014-09-26 08:43:27 -0500

This is one of the best articles I have read on explaining why so many woman have bigger issues with treating their diabetes. http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/why-di...

"Evidence indicates that diabetes — a disease that affects some 371 million people worldwide — takes a greater toll on women than men. Women's hormones account for some of the unique challenges women face, but other societal factors might also account for certain differences."

I am not saying it's an excuse for us ladies to let things go, but it can be a point of discussion with your care team as to why you may be struggling so much with different things than our male members here.

26 replies

impala11 2014-10-05 21:17:49 -0500 Report

Sherly800, thank you also for the title of that book. I too am heading to Amazon and looking for the book.

elizag1 2014-09-28 10:43:27 -0500 Report

I understood the A1c and, how everything we eat has sugar…so that is what is difficult to think about and keep track of the sugars is the most important part of the disease to me.

Sherly800 2014-09-27 00:53:10 -0500 Report

Diabetes can be a very hard subject to understand. The whys, wheres, who, whens, and hows can be very confusing. That's how it felt when my aunt was diagnosed with diabetes but seemed to be having more issues than my uncle who also had diabetes. We were puzzled, thinking that it must have been her menopause that's causing more problems or something. A book called "Sweet Measures: Blood Glucose Monitoring: Fixing The Errors" really helped us a lot in understanding diabetes at a greater level. Dr. Zilber is clearly educated on the subject, and the book is well-researched, yet easy for laypersons and those with no medical experience to read and understand.

GabbyPA 2014-09-28 07:48:27 -0500 Report

That sounds like a great book....I'm off to Amazon to check it out.

Sherly800 2014-10-01 03:37:12 -0500 Report

That's great. This is the link just in case you need it! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MUZ7TTI

Type1Lou 2014-10-02 18:23:10 -0500 Report

Why am I unable to find any information about M. Zilber, MD, other than on Amazon or Goodreads? (And that is limited to his claim of being an endocrinologist with 20 years experience.) What are M Zilber's qualifications? He claims to be an endocrinologist. Which degrees does he have and where and when were they earned? What are his professional affiliations and board certifications? Where does he practice or research or teach? Usually, this information is readily available for a qualified individual.

Brenin 2014-09-26 10:25:20 -0500 Report

You both bring up some stuff that was going through my head this morning. I've had so far in my life 2 major health issues…the last being my diabetes. So I was thinking this morning, how many times do I have to have a "wakeup call" before I learn to put me first, to take better care of myself and remember that without my health I have nothing.

I don't know how many times I watched my father work his fingers to the bone, makes lots of money, didn't take care of himself first, semi-retired at the age of 60 to turn around and die of diabetic complications at 61.

Makes me wonder about my mindset sometimes. I sometimes wonder if deep down my health really isn't that important to me. I don't think that's the case, but I really start wondering when time goes by and something serious has to happen to make me stop and look at my priorities.

GabbyPA 2014-09-26 13:06:27 -0500 Report

I believe that the woman's natural instinct to nurture is why that happens, and maybe why we are often blessed with a longer life span than men. Who knows. I, like you, need to pay more attention to me.

Pegsy 2014-09-26 19:30:35 -0500 Report

I literally spent decades "caring" for my mother and neglected my own health needs. Now that I am taking care of myself I can't help but wonder how many years I may have shortened my life by putting her health issues ahead of my own.

Brenin 2014-09-27 13:48:18 -0500 Report

I've wondered the same thing about myself. Between having a doctor that wasn't interested in treating diabetes and not taking care of myself as I should have…I wonder what I've done to myself. Every diabetic in my family hasn't made it past 65…that being said, I can see the light at the end of my tunnel and it's not really that far away if I should follow suit.

Pegsy 2014-09-27 17:11:28 -0500 Report

It's never too late to take care of yourself. My mother did nothing to take care of herself other than take all the pills. No exercise and poor diet but she still lived to 73. I always felt that the last 10 years of her life was "borrowed time". How she managed to live that long is beyond me. I am not sure what to expect for myself. my diagnosis came 10 years younger than hers but I have lost the weight, exercise religiously and control my diet with a passion. Still there is no guarantee that I will even live as long as she did. We just need to make ourselves a priority and treat ourselves with as much care and compassion as we do everyone else.

Glucerna 2014-09-26 16:52:01 -0500 Report

How much is natural instinct, and how much society's expectations of women? It sometimes seems like we're not only expected to put ourselves last, but celebrated for it. ~Lynn @Glucerna

zejanka 2014-09-26 10:23:32 -0500 Report

Diabetes mám 25 roků a jsem v celku v pohodě. Diabetes jsem dostala když mí umřela dcera(22 roků) a ještě mí zjistili že mám nádor v děloze, to byl start pro moji cukrovku, z nízkého tlaku jsem rázem měla vysoký, ještě jsem se starala o tchyni která byla ležící, a manžel byl alkoholik, přesto jsem vše zvládla a nemám potíže, jsem realista a nemoci beru jako návštěvníky, některé odejdou některé se musí vyříznout a některé zůstanou a s těmi žiji v pohodě, beru je jako součást rodiny, všechny zdravím Jana

jayabee52 2014-09-29 04:38:32 -0500 Report

(the following is a Google translate rendering of the Czech:)
"Diabetes I have 25 years and I'm pretty good. Diabetes I got when my daughter died (22 years old) and yet I was diagnosed that I have a tumor in the uterus, it was the start of my diabetes, a low pressure suddenly I was high, I still took care of her mother in law who was lying, and the husband was an alcoholic , but I managed everything and I have no problems, I am a realist and disease as visitors take some leave some need to be cut and some remain as those living in cool, take it as part of the family, all health Jana"

camerashy 2014-09-26 09:18:09 -0500 Report

I don't seem to be having a problem with my diabetes like I used to. I'm paying more attention to it, and everyone else just has to "wait a minute" while I check my level. Getting in a hurry over anything is in my past. Having taken care of my dying mother for the past 3 months (she passed away Sept. 5) made me realize that I have to take care of myself so that I can take care of others is important.

GabbyPA 2014-09-26 09:37:23 -0500 Report

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Loosing a parent is tough,

You are so right and the saying "You have to take care of yourself so you can care for others" is so logical...just an on and off thing for me.

GabbyPA 2014-09-26 08:45:54 -0500 Report

One of my biggest issues is that I put the rest of the family's health before my own. I try to not do that and get a good thing started, then someone gets sick on ends up in the hospital and my attention shifts. It's like my silly self can only take care of one issue at a time. I know I am better than that...sometimes that knowledge just doesn't become action.