Does Menopause Increase Risk of Diabetes?

Does Menopause Increase Risk of Diabetes?

Cebu : Philippines | Sep 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 09/27/12

Are you a middle-aged woman? If you are, then read the health news. Does menopause influence one’s risk for type 2 diabetes? The answer to the question is very important for all middle-aged women. With the latest health news, it's time to wear a smile, because researchers found the answer to be "no."

According to the national clinical trial of 1,237 women at high risk for diabetes, ages 40 to 65, postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes whether they experienced natural menopause or had their ovaries removed.

It means, menopause had no extra effect on risk for diabetes. Menopause remains one of many small steps in aging and it doesn't mean women's health will be bad after going through this change. The results are published in the August issue of "Menopause."

The findings also gave explanation on the effect of diet and exercise and hormone replacement therapy on the health of postmenopausal women. Earlier studies had proved that menopause could hasten the development to diabetes due to the higher levels of testosterone. All the women in the study had "glucose intolerance," meaning their bodies fought back to process blood sugar into energy.

The researchers have revealed that lifestyle involvements can help prevent diabetes in those with glucose intolerance. These interventions work properly in women who have gone through menopause.

For every year 100 women observed, 11.8 premenopausal women developed diabetes, compared to 10.5 among women in natural menopause and 12.9 cases among women who had their ovaries removed, according to the new study.

However for those who had their ovaries surgically removed and engaged in lifestyle changes, the rate of diabetes dropped to 1.1. Those changes included losing seven percent of their body weight, estimated to be 12.6 pounds for a 180-pound woman, and exercising for at least 30 minutes three-times a week.

The results of the study were awfully amazing, as the women had gone on hormone replacement therapy, which many fear will go sky-high the risk for many health issues. The message that we learned from this is that lifestyle changes to cast off pounds could reduce your risk of acquiring diabetes.

skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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