Menopause and diabetes can be referred to as “the twin challenge”. Together, menopause and diabetes can take some “managing”.Meno Martha, Menopause, Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month in the United States and World Diabetes Day is 14 November.

In Diabetes Hits Hard At Menopause: Beat It Back the North American Menopause Society answer the question:

“Does menopause increase diabetes risk? That hasn’t been an easy question for researchers to answer. It’s hard to separate the effects of menopause from the effects of age and weight. But it does look like hormones do have something to do with it. If you are a woman over age 50, you’re especially vulnerable…”.

In Diabetes and Menopause (United Kingdom) note:

“Managing diabetes whilst going through menopause can feel like a twin challenge for most women due to the combined effects that each condition can have on the body.

The best way to remain in control is by knowing what to expect so that you can prepare yourself for the unique challenges that may lie ahead”.

In Diabetes and Menopause: A Twin Challenge – Diabetes and Menopause: What To Expect the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Mature women“Diabetes and menopause may team up for varied effects on your body, including:

  • Changes in blood sugar level….
  • Weight gain…
  • Infections…
  • Sleep problems…
  • Sexual problems”.

In Diabetes and Menopause: A Twin Challenge – Diabetes and Menopause: What You Can Do the Mayo Clinic also elaborate on:

“Menopause can wreak havoc on your diabetes control. But there’s plenty you can do to better manage diabetes and menopause.

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices….
  • Measure your blood sugar frequently…
  • Ask your doctor about adjusting your diabetes medications…
  • Ask your doctor about cholesterol-lowering medications…
  • Seek help for menopausal symptoms…”.

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Last Updated: 21 November 2018 – Last Revised: 12 November 2018
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