menopause and diabetes

By nzingha Latest Reply 2011-05-27 23:15:51 -0500
Started 2011-05-23 11:45:02 -0500

How does the onslaught of menopause affect you diabetes? Do they impact each other at all?. Does menopause affect your diabetes or the other way around? I am curious because my whole body seems to be falling apart with this new phase of my life. Has anyone gone thru this and would be willing to share their experiences? Thnks

19 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-27 04:35:03 -0500 Report

I went through early menopause also, but it was a long time before I was diagnosed with diabetes. The hot flashes were terrable, and the night sweats , oh man I would wake up soaking wet. Then I would be freezing to death and everyone figured out they had better not say anything or I would bite their head off. And that was sooo unusual for me, I am and have always been very even tempered. I was fortunate it didn't last a long time like my sister. She didn't have early menopause but it has lasted over 10 years with her and shes still having problems. It effects everyone different. I do know that the advice you have already been given is good. So the only thing else I can say is keep in touch with your doctor and tell him/her everything even if it seems trivial. Don't take anything for granite when it comes to being a diabetic also.

nzingha 2011-05-27 05:19:56 -0500 Report

I agree with u 100 percent and even tho my Doc was assuming that some of the feelings I am having could be linked to that..I ordered him to do a thorough blood test which i did yesterday…so am waiting on the results. I have just been put on insulin and they r increasing and adjusting accordingly so my #s have not yet settled down and its very upsetting but I am working with the programme. Did u say 10 yrs these feelings lasted for ur sister? OMG! nooo!.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-27 14:58:26 -0500 Report

Yes but remember everyone is different. It only lasted a few months with me. I will pray that yours is short.
You are doing the right thing working with your doctor. I know it's time consuming and hard, but the results are worth it.
I also hate diabetes, but until they find a cure we have to do what we can.

nzingha 2011-05-27 23:13:41 -0500 Report

I know… but its so frustrating and the damn thing always seem to attack the kidneys first!

PetiePal 2011-05-25 08:28:44 -0500 Report

Besides the hormonal challenges and emotional aspects menopause can also cause a marked metabolism slowdown and calcium deficiency I've heard.

MrsEbonica 2011-05-24 20:10:13 -0500 Report

I'm going thru it myself. Menopause, diabetes and now depression. This sucks.

nzingha 2011-05-27 05:22:10 -0500 Report

I hate this diabetes…I would not wish it on my greatest enemy.. and now I'm hating food..I see it as poison…everything I put in my mouth now I feel like I'm poisoning myself and killing myself slowly..even the foods..especially fruits which I used to say I'd die for..well the words are coming as they say be careful the words u utter! …

knit57 2011-05-24 11:21:14 -0500 Report

I've been going through it for at least 12 yrears! I keep thinking it is done, then the hot flashes start again. Menopause was the start of my high sugar readings. My Dr recomened I not go on HRT - because of family history of heart problems and breast cancer. I did have good luck with Black Cohash. My hot flashes vs. my husband's Chemo reaction makes our lives intersting. He needs an electric balnket, I wait until he is asleep and turn on the fan!

frustated 2011-05-24 10:26:07 -0500 Report

YES MY KIDS THINK IT IS SO FUNNY! buti get hot then cold i never know what i want. The doctor said i went into early menapause i was only 39 and now 44 but i deel with it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-24 09:51:44 -0500 Report

I don't intend to have this problem myself, but as I live through my wife's menopause, I can tell you, LOTS HAVE CHANGED! LOL! It is in the 80's today and that does not mean that the heat won't be on! (or maybe I will need to order a truck of ice!) Definitely an interesting time! I wish you, and everyone around you, the best! Remember, it is not forever.

ston3xc 2011-05-23 19:05:13 -0500 Report

I know there is alot of controversy about HRT but for me, it was a godsend! I was dealing with awful hot flashes and nightsweats. It took trying a couple of diferent meds to get the right one for me, but it was worth it. Of course, it is not recommended to stay on HRT indefinately, so my dr is trying to wean me off to seeif I still need them. I don't think my diabetes is affecting my menopause or the other way around. The most disconcerting thing is the weight gain, but that's slowed metabolisim and not just diabetes.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-23 14:24:19 -0500 Report

I am going through it! I'm going through menopause and am diabetic. Between feeling hot due to meds and hot flashes and night sweats I often feel like a dripping mess. Fluctuating bs messing with my mood and menopause messing with ny mood I'm a mess. My two daughters have their periods and get very pms(ey). I will joke with my husband that he and my son should leave the house quickly!!!

MAYS 2011-05-23 13:10:24 -0500 Report

Menopause and Diabetes have something in common, the human endocrine system and hormones.
Menopause, mood swings and hormones are all products of the endocrine system as well as the proper functioning of the pancreas.

I am sure that due to the ongoing relationship of all the parties mentioned above that there has to be some sort of conflict or a related disturbance between them.

As a man I cannot comment on menopause personally only as a recipient of the backlash as a result of the mood swings.
Your Endocrinologist may be able to provide more insight into this, it's unfortunate that many of the books that are written on menopause are written by men (go figure).


nzingha 2011-05-23 13:48:52 -0500 Report

lol… I have figured out that thy must have some connection in theway I am feeling and reacting to these changes…and they are fighting for my attention… trust me…wow…they are both making my life miserable at this point in time..thnks for ur response anyway!

Debra C.Green
Debra C.Green 2011-05-23 12:34:52 -0500 Report

I would like to know also if the two have an affect on each other as well. I am going through the same thing. If you find out if interaction between the diabetes and menopause please let me know.

nzingha 2011-05-23 13:52:30 -0500 Report

Debra…maybe we could exchange info on how we feel.. my diabetes has gone wild and am having a hard time reigning it back in… my mood swings are also crazy and i get flustered over the slightest things.. my feet feel weak and nervous in the mornings but it wears off with excercise and as the day progresses… and oftentimes i just feel like snapping at anyone who looks too hard at me… lol! .what have you noticed?

Debra C.Green
Debra C.Green 2011-05-24 11:57:23 -0500 Report

Hi Nzingha, yes we should exchange info I will leave my info in your inbox, so far my diabetes levels have been ok for past two days todays and some days it just goes off the wall and I really don't know why when I didn't do anything to make it go up like that. I have noticed that I am too feeling kind of snappy as well or so my family has been telling me lol. Would that from the menopause?