Diabetes & Menopause: Tips For Fighting Dual Challenges

Because the estrogen levels in your body are fluctuating, diabetes menopause can present real challenges in diabetes control for women.  However, there are ways of coping and minimizing the swings in blood glucose during the menopausal years.

The Key to Effective Management

It is not unusual for women to have to change their medication or insulin dosages during the peri-menopause and menopausal years.  Monitoring blood glucose levels is key to managing blood sugar levels during menopause

When to Monitor

Check your blood sugar more frequently during the day, at bedtime, before and after exercise, once or twice during the night, around 2 AM and again at 5AM or 6 AM. These are good times to monitor, until your doctor determines how your body is responding to the hormonal changes.  Keeping a log of the blood sugar reading will help your doctor to see the patterns.  Hypoglycemia may be one of the first signs of menopause in a diabetic woman.

Continue to practice healthy lifestyle choices, such as carbohydrate control. Following a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol will help keep you looking and feeling your best.  You will also be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease during the menopause years, so cholesterol control is more important than ever.


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