Woman, have you ever stopped to think about hormones “on edge”, the urge to eat chocolate, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats and loss of libido?
If your answer is YES, you must be going through menopause.
Menopause is a phase that occurs in the life of every woman, when she loses the ability to reproduce, that is, she loses the ability to get pregnant.
This phase usually occurs around the age of 50, so I decided to study this topic and learn more about how menopause affects women with diabetes, since I turned 53.
What is menopause and how does it happen?
We lose our ability to reproduce because we stop ovulating every month. Our ovaries release an egg each month and when it is not fertilized, we menstruate. So it is with all women. Rita Lee used to say: “Women are rare animals, they bleed every month”.
When this cycle stops happening, it means that we can no longer get pregnant, since the ovaries, which are responsible for producing and secreting the female hormones progesterone and estrogen, no longer work.
This hormonal imbalance leads women to experience symptoms such as: hot flashes (which usually occur at night and cause difficulty sleeping) and insomnia, sudden mood swings, weight gain and lack of vaginal lubrication.
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How does menopause affect women with diabetes?
Diabetes and menopause occur due to hormonal problems. Diabetes is linked to the production of insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, which regulates the amount of glucose in the blood, to better understand, Click here.
As explained above, menopause is related to the decreased production of progesterone and estrogen, female hormones. Managing blood glucose levels and the effects of menopause is a double challenge.
- Female hormones affect insulin performance by increasing the variation in blood glucose levels. Poor glycemic control can lead to serious complications over time.
- Weight gain causes insulin to not perform its function correctly, called insulin resistance, which can increase the need for insulin or oral medication.
- The drop in estrogen increases the possibility of bacterial infections. As the excess glucose is excreted in the urine, the risk of urinary and vaginal infections also increases considerably.
- Poor nights of sleep make it difficult for the hormones that regulate blood glucose levels (glucagon and insulin) to work, increasing the chances of glycemic control.
- Lack of glycemic control damages the nerves lining the vagina, interfering with arousal and orgasm. In addition, the lack of vaginal lubrication, very common during menopause, can cause pain during sexual intercourse.
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What to do to avoid losing control of diabetes?
Menopause makes diabetes more difficult to control, which increases the risk of complications over time. Menopausal women with diabetes are at increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Many women are only diagnosed with diabetes when they enter menopause as they undergo a medical check-up. Looking for an endocrinologist is very interesting, since this is the medical specialty that treats hormonal problems, such as diabetes and menopause. Do you want to know what else an endocrinologist can do for you? Click here.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is essential for good control of blood glucose levels. Good food choices and regular physical activity will help control diabetes and menopausal symptoms.
Understand how diabetes affects your sex life
Find out how diabetes may be interfering with Quality of your sex life and find solutions to their problems.
Answer the following questions:
- How important is sexual activity in your life?
- Do you have diabetes and have difficulties in your sexual life?
- Do you feel pain during intercourse?
- Do you want to get pregnant but have diabetes?
- Or do you want to take a break but don’t know which contraceptive method to use?
- Are you already in menopause and have diabetes?
- Do you want to know if diabetes can cause infertility?
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