Menopause may make it harder to manage your diabetes. However, there are tips you can follow to better manage both.
Check Blood Sugar Frequently:
Since hormones can make blood sugar levels fluctuate, you may need to check your levels more often. Keep a log of your readings. Those details can help your doctor decide if your medications need to be adjusted.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices:
Healthy choices are an important part of any diabetes treatment plan. Eat a diet that includes veggies, fruits, lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains. Stay active, aiming for around 30 minutes of activity daily.
A healthy diet and exercise plan also helps you manage your weight. Studies show that women who exercise and maintain their weight can often prevent high blood sugars and higher cholesterol during menopause.5
Ask Your Physician About Hormone Therapy:
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help manage the symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness, night sweats, and hot flashes. Some research shows that taking HRT may also improve insulin sensitivity.6
Remember that HRT does have some risks. Potential risks include blood clots, certain types of cancer, and stroke. Talk with your care team to find out if the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks for you
Get Screened for Heart Disease:
The changes that come with menopause often lead to weight gain. Weight gain can increase the risk of heart disease even more in women with diabetes. Talk to your physician about cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. Both are essential for managing heart disease risk and diabetes.7