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Diabetes and menopause may team up for varied effects on your body. Here's what to expect — and how to stay in control.
Menopause — and the years before it — may provide some challenges for women who have diabetes. If you have diabetes and you're going through menopause — or soon will be — learn what to expect. Then consider what to do about it.
Menopause is the phase of life after your periods have stopped and your estrogen levels decline. Menopause can also occur as a result of surgery, when the ovaries are removed for other medical reasons.
Diabetes and menopause may team up for varied effects on your body, including:
Menopause can wreak havoc on your diabetes control. But there's plenty you can do to better manage diabetes and menopause.
Seek help for menopausal symptoms. If you're struggling with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased sexual response or other menopausal symptoms, remember that treatment is available.
For example, your doctor may recommend a vaginal lubricant to restore vaginal moisture or vaginal estrogen therapy to correct thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls. Your doctor may also recommend hormone replacement therapy to relieve the symptoms if you don't have conditions that could cause a higher risk of complications.
If weight gain is a problem, a registered dietitian can help you revise your meal plans. Hormone replacement therapy might be a good option, too.
Having diabetes while going through menopause can be a twin challenge. Work closely with your doctor to ease the transition.
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