Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by persistently high glucose level in the blood. This triggers array of complex health challenges associated with the disorder.
Diabetes disproportionately affects women in many ways. Diabetes can be triggered by events in the womb with the children of mothers who are under or over nourished during pregnancy at greater risk of diabetes in later life. Diabetes in pregnancy also increases the risk of morbidity and mortality for both the mother and infant. As caregivers, women and girls face additional burdens and may lose educational, economic and social opportunities when caring for family members with diabetes.
Girls of marrying age often find it difficult to get a suitor once they declare their status as living with diabetes, a situation which stigmatizes persons with this disorder. Some ladies who have hidden their identity end up having a broken relationship later in life, when their partners discover their status.
It is important to note that nobody made herself to have diabetes; hence people should not be stigmatized, blamed for living with diabetes. Prospective suitors should not look down on ladies because of diabetes. Current knowledge, indicate that this condition can be effectively managed and the individual can live a fulfilled life, have children among many other aspirations of life. Employers should not discriminate against ladies or men because they live with diabetes, they should be rather supported and encouraged to bring out their best.