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Menopause: How it Affects Diabetic Women?

October 03, 2017 | 4 Minute Read

Menopause is a life stage through which every single woman have to go. Monthly menses are no longer taking place, and so the woman is not able to produce anymore an egg cell per month. As a consequence, the vaginal mucous is no longer discharged during menstrual bleeding.

The moment in which menopause comes in the scene is also known as the “climax”. This starts when the ovaries decrease the production of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. Many studies have shown that the average age at which most women start going through menopause is 50 years old.

Menopause Women and Diabetes

Premenopause

This period represents a time of transition from a life stage to another. This begins with approximately four years (3 to 8 years) before menopause, and symptoms are extremely various. As the period of menopause is coming, the body passes through several hormonal changes and so individual checkups can reveal the gradual decrease of some female hormone levels, such as estrogen. As the process of premenopause accelerates, the hormone levels tend to fluctuate more, and so menses pass through several changes: the menstrual period is shortened and irregular, bleeding becomes less abundant or more intense, bloating, painful breasts and sleep disorders being other symptoms.

Finally, the hormones’ production reaches a stage in which menses disappear for good, and so menopause appears. Although the capacity of breeding during premenopause is deficient, specialists still recommend you use contraceptive methods, to avoid certain germ infections. Is menopause influenced in some way by a particular lifestyle? Although it is a physiological process, menopause can be exacerbated by certain changes which can affect the quality and sometimes even the lifespan. These deal with symptoms such as heart disorders, psychological changes and genital and urinal disorders. On the long-term, these symptoms can lead to serious aftermaths, like cardiovascular diseases, bone problems, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent studies have revealed that from intrauterine life, there are certain determining factors for osteoporosis and atherosclerosis. That is why, during menopause, most women experience the symptoms brought along with these diseases which need certain treatments. Other women can already have fractures coming from osteoporosis or heart failure before the menopause has started and so specific procedures are required. Considering all these information, most preventative measures should be taken from the premenopause period. This means a healthy lifestyle, good eating habits, and regular workout routines.

Menopause is a physiological process, with hormonal changes that do not need to be treated. If symptoms are not very hard to put up with, women can turn to homemade therapies for bringing some relief. This is the ideal solution for most societies because it is not expensive, considering the sums of money you have to spend for certain hormonal treatments.

What does diabetes have to say during menopause?

Diabetes is a disorder which has reached extremely worrying proportions in the last years. The way this disease works deals with the fact that it can not only affect the life quality, but it can also impact the lifespan, depending on the way diabetes progresses.

Most cases of type 2 diabetes take place approximately when menopause begins to take charge. This is the case where menopause symptoms are most of the time associated with the exacerbation of diabetes’s symptoms, and they provide the best conditions for complications to occur.

How to approach menopause with diabetes?

After several research, the German obstetric specialist, Dr. Ingrid Muhlhauser, has come up to some conclusions, which are thought to be extremely important for patients around the world. Most of the time, experts’ opinions are confusing and wrong. They prefer to use foggy languages which are not at all helpful when it comes to explaining how two health states can interact.

All information should be provided honestly, balanced, based on scientific arguments and given in such a way that it can be understood. Most treatments do not have the expected results because patients are not well informed.

When diabetes is present, the menopause symptoms should be treated with an individual dose of hormonal therapy, considering the way in which the two can interact. For instance, some diabetic women could be in need of the smallest dose of hormones, taken for the shortest time possible, due to certain ways in which diabetes has impacted their body. No matter the case, any treatment aiming to bring relief to menopause symptoms should always be followed under the doctor’s surveillance.