According to the latest studies, the women suffering from type 2 diabetes have three times more chances to be affected by early menopause. The age of menopause among the women with diabetes is of 48.1, while among non-diabetic women it is of 50.1.
The studies reveal that the estrogen levels of the diabetic women decreases a lot faster than in case of non-diabetic women. As a result these women have higher chances of having other conditions as well, such as stroke, heart attack, and bone disease at later stages.
Menopause occurs in the moment when women’s ovaries don’t have any more eggs. The researchers have observed that this occurs a lot sooner in case of women with type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes. Naturally there are some lifestyle factors as well, such as obesity, being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, and having an unhealthy diet.
The researchers studied the case of 6,079 women between the ages 40 and 59 regarding diabetes, menopause, and depression. The results were analyzed while taking into consideration factors like blood pressure, weight, and the use of hormones. According to the study menopause alone does not increase the risks of diabetes.
Although there might be no direct link, it has been observed that the diabetic women go through menopause earlier than healthy women. In the same time the study has also found that the women considered obese also had higher chances of being affected by diabetes and their chances were further increased by high blood pressure.
The researchers reached the conclusions that menopause does not increase the chances of diabetes, but diabetes does increase the chances of early menopause onset. The connection between diabetes and menopause is very complex, and this is why all women who go through menopause have to be considered individually and their state should be assessed based on their background, general health, and risk factors.
It is known that diabetes has some risk factors connected to a poor quality of life. This is why women should be encouraged to avoid the risk factors of the condition, which include being overweight or even obese.
As more and more studies are conducted in the field, specialists find new connections between conditions and risk factors. Based on these results women have to ensure that they have a healthy lifestyle to maintain their health.