The majority of the symptoms are identical to those seen in men; however, there are a few subtle differences that you should also know about, but they are dealt with within their own section below.
The most common signs and symptoms found in women.
In regard to diabetes there are a number of symptoms that do appear to affect more people than others and they should certainly set off some alarm bells as to at least possibly having the condition. It should also be pointed out that some occur more regularly with type 1 diabetes whilst others tend to be more with type 2.
That being said symptoms such as extreme thirst, hunger, being excessively tired and frequently having to urinate are extremely common with both types and they should certainly make you aware of the fact that there could be a problem. If you suffer from any of them, then do get yourself checked out just to be on the safe side. Excess urination does tend to happen more in the evening, but it is important to check if it is due to diabetes or due to drinking more water thanks to the increased thirst.
Apart from those symptoms you may also find that you develop a problem with your vision and in particular blurred vision with this occurring at any part of the day. You may also then find that cuts or sores take longer to heal, or simply do not, and something as simple as this may actually indicate that there is an entirely different health problem.
In regard to type 1 diabetes it is often the case that the person will suffer from unexplained and sudden weight loss. On the flip side there may be some weight gain in type 2 diabetes due to the tendency to eat a lot more and this is due to insulin levels being high which then triggers a feeling of hunger.
Finally, some women may experience a loss of sensation in their arms and feet, which basically means they tingle, and this is linked to the way in which the blood supply and circulation may be affected. There may also be an increase in vomiting or at least the notion of about to be sick, but obviously with this symptom it is hard to determine if it is indeed diabetes or something else.
Symptoms of diabetes that only effect women.
Even though the list above is for diabetes in general there are some specific signs of diabetes in women, but as with the others just having them does not mean you are indeed diabetic. However, just as before you are always best to get yourself checked out as soon as possible.
The main symptoms to be aware of include irritation around the vagina, sexual dysfunction, and an increase in the number of yeast infections that you seem to be having. These yeast infections can either be vaginal or oral and they occur due to the increased levels of glucose in your body due to the diabetes.
It is also perhaps best to quickly mention a bit more about the sexual dysfunction part so it can indeed be identified. What is meant by this term is that women may experience a drop in their sex drive and they may also find it harder to orgasm. Finally, there may also be some pain during sex and all of this is due to a prolonged episode of high blood sugar levels which over time can result in damaging nerves and blood supply making it harder to get aroused and indeed stay aroused.
So those are the main symptoms for women, but it is important to point out that just because you may have some of the symptoms does not mean you actually have diabetes as there can be a number of other medical conditions that may also be causing them. However, only a blood test and your doctor will be able to tell so do look at making an appointment with them as soon as possible so you can either get treatment or put your mind at ease.