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Feminine Issues Diabetes Can Affect DOWN There

From the Show: HER
Summary: Diabetes creates a perfect storm for a female's intimate health.
Air Date: 10/2/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Rebecca Posten, MD
Rebecca PostenRebecca has always had a passion for women's health and wellness. After focusing on women's health and ObGyn in her medical training, she worked at McKinsey & Company (working with pharma, biotech and medical device companies), The Advisory Board Company (providing strategic and operational guidance to hospitals and health systems), VHA (helping hospital clinical programs) and HealthPoints (developing disease management and wellness programs).

She is President of the Board of the North Texas American Diabetes Association, a mentor for healthcare startups with Health Wildcatters, and President of the Harvard Club of Dallas.  She has a BA in Biology from Harvard University, MD from Yale University School of Medicine and MBA with a concentration in finance from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In her free time, Rebecca is an avid runner and tennis player.



Feminine Issues Diabetes Can Affect DOWN There
Did you know that diabetes can affect women...down there?

Women with type-1 and type-2 diabetes are at increased risk of yeast infections and vaginal dryness because they have more sugar in their body. (Everyday Health)

There are many detrimental effects that can be symptomatic of diabetes for women, which aren't often discussed. Unfortunately, diabetes creates a perfect storm for a female's intimate health. There is an association between diabetes and vaginal dryness, sexual discomfort (the inability to become aroused easily), and an increased risk for infections.

Why does this occur? Diabetes inhibits the body’s ability to fight off dryness and infection.

When women experience this type of pain and discomfort, they oftentimes accept it and don't look into the treatment options, such as lubricants and creams, that are readily available and can provide much needed relief.

Rebecca Posten, MD, explains the relationship between diabetes and your intimate health.
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