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Menopause and Diabetes: A Personal Journey

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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.
c. insomnia
d. mood swings
e. depression

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EmpowHER Guest

Although I am neither diabetic nor have any cardiac issues, I have taken bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for about 3 1/2 years and the improvement in my health is nothing short of astonishing. Bioidentical hormones are far different than the synthetic estrogen/progestin (which is NOT the same as progesterone) and should be taken under a doctor's supervision (and the doctor should know what he/she is doing, sadly, too many doctors know nothing about hormone balance and their patients suffer). I have spoken with women who are either/both diabetic/have cardiac issues, and who have benefited greatly from bioidentical hormone therapy. If anyone needs assistance in finding a doctor/compounding pharmacy in their area, or wishes to receive a list of recommended reading on the subject of bioidentical hormones, please just drop me an email at holyhormones@gmail.com. Best wishes to all for hormonal health!

April 21, 2010 - 6:11am
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