Menopause can interfere with diabetes control
The onset of menopause raises many questions for women. Sometimes the symptoms start years before, a period called perimenopause, or remain for about 3 years after stopping menstruation. The fact is, however, that menopause disturbs most women, whether because of physical symptoms such as hot flashes or psychic symptoms such as loss of motivation at work or sex.
In addition, it is known that menopause is a phase of transition. The halting of the production of the female hormones and the consequent termination of the menstrual cycles will alter the physical condition of the woman, who must adapt to this new phase of life. And for women diagnosed with diabetes, some care is important in this change.
Whether type 1 or type 2 diabetic, concern at the menopause stage should begin with weight. It is known that there is a natural tendency to reduce the metabolism of the woman after the menopause period, by the diminution of the feminine hormones, which causes it to burn less calories. The risk here is the resulting weight gain, increasing the chance of insulin resistance and making it difficult to control diabetes.
We know that the female hormones estrogen and progesterone help keep diabetes more stable by helping to control insulin . However, with menopause and stopping the production of these hormones, it is possible that blood sugar levels become more unstable, and the dosage of medications need to be adjusted.
Another important care is that of inverse reasoning: if menopause can cause the control of diabetes to oscillate, also the symptoms of menopause may be confused with those of altered diabetes. For example, the menopausal calorie may in some cases be confused with hypoglycemia, and the lack of mood and fatigue that can occur at menopause are seen as high blood sugar levels.
For this phase to be the most quiet as possible, the way is control. Measure blood glucose more frequently and perform routine laboratory tests with more frequent medical follow-up, so that important adjustments can be made. In addition, performing a controlled diet, physical activity, gynecological follow-up, and considering correct menopause treatment are important steps to follow in this step.
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