Menopause Symptoms Do Not Increase Diabetes Risk

by Laura Ramirez on August 8, 2011

Menopause symptoms do not increase diabetes risk, according to the results of a new study. This unique study showed that post menopausal women do not have a higher risk for diabetes ᅠwhether their menopause was due to natural causes or due to surgical removal of the ovaries. Women aged 40-65 participated in this study which will be published in Menopause magazine this month.

According to Dr. Catherine Kim, who led the study and is a professor of obstetrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan, “Menopause is one of many small steps in aging and it doesn’t mean women’s health will be worse after going through this transition.” With all the media attention about all the health issues that are related to menopause symptoms, women can breathe a huge sigh of relief, at least with regard to onset of diabetes.ᅠ

Menopause has little to no impact on whether women become more susceptible to diabetes, according to a one-of-a-kind study. Postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes whether they experienced natural menopause or had their ovaries removed, according to the national clinical trial of 1,237 women at high risk for diabetes, ages 40 to 65

menopause symptoms and diabetes

Menopause symptoms and diabetes do not necessarily go hand in hand.

The women who participated in this study also participated in a prevention program for diabetes. This is due to the fact that post menopausal women have higher testosterone levels which was believed to increase the risk for diabetes. The study looked at the women’s ability to process glucose. The inability to process glucose or “glucose intolerance” is often a warning sign for diabetes.

What the study showed was that lifestyle factors and the new drug metformin have a big influence on the prevention of diabetes even in women who have a family history of adult onset diabetes (type II diabetes). The bottom line is that diabetes can be controlled even in women who have gone through surgical menopause and in fact, they do very well with dietary interventions and prescription medicine if needed.

This is the only study that compared the risk of diabetes for those who went through menopause naturally versus those who transitioned due to surgery. The study showed that the risk is minimally higher for those who have gone through surgical menopause, but again, it’s important to emphasize that making dietary changes to control symptoms is very effective.

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