I woke up with cold sweats and I was hot like I was in an oven. It was middle of summer the year I turned 44; Little did I know, menopause affects millions of women in this world.
My moods started swinging, I started having joint pains, I was having insomnia, heart burn and depression. I fought with every one around me including my own children. My sister, my brother and all my family couldn't understand how this calm and sweet person could become like a monster. Worst of all my blood sugars shot up and stayed up all the time.
I couldn't tell whether I was going through hypoglycemia or menopausal symptoms and I didn't know whether to eat sweets to bring my sugar level up when I shook. I cried for no reason. My whole world seemed to be going down the drain and everyone was my enemy. I was all alone and nobody cared for me any more.
It lasted for almost five years.
My symptoms have subsided after all these years but once in a while I go through bouts of mood swings. Of all the major health issues I faced during this period, the most affected was my heart. I developed coronary artery disease.
I gathered information brochures from my doctors' visits, local libraries, and seminars over the years to find out more. I hope what I learned will help other women in similar situations with this article.
Most women go through menopause in their late 30's and 40's. Most of the women go through their last menstrual cycle in the their 50's.
Menopause causes :
1. A reduction or cessation of the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone in the body.
2. The pancreas to produce less insulin.
3. During the peri menopausal stage diabetic women may develop:
a. High blood sugars with increased resistance to insulin.
b. Low blood sugars with high sensitivity to insulin.
c. Low progesterone with high insulin sensitivity..
d. Low estrogen with high insulin resistance.
e. Low estrogen, which can lead to high risk of cardio vascular disease.
f. And Low estrogen, which can increase risk of osteoporosis.
Menopausal symptoms include:
a. hot flashes
b. cold sweats in the middle of the night.
d. mood swings