08 December 2017

Does it throw you into a fever? Check the sugar!

"Hot flashes" are the main symptom of the menopausal period. It is proved that frequent hot flashes are associated with the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system. According to a study by the Women's Health Initiative (USA), the intensity and frequency of episodes of hot flashes, especially in combination with night sweats, also increases the risk of diabetes.

The data of more than 150,000 postmenopausal women were analyzed and the dependence of the frequency of hot flashes with the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus was estimated.

33% of women noted hot flashes, the risk of diabetes among them was 18% higher compared to other women. With an increase in the duration and intensity of hot flashes, the risk of diabetes also increased. In addition, the risk was increased among women who complained of episodes of night sweating in combination with hot flashes at the end of the transition to menopause.

Among all women over the age of 55, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is 15%. It is assumed that this indicator will grow – according to forecasts, the incidence will double by 2050. It has been proven that diabetes in women is more severe than in men: the risks of hospitalization, complications and death from them are much higher. In light of these facts, timely detection and treatment of diabetes mellitus, including maintaining a healthy lifestyle, are critically important.

After excluding the influence of factors such as obesity and race, the analysis showed that episodes of night sweating in combination with or without hot flashes were associated with diabetes mellitus.

Menopause is an ideal time for lifestyle changes, it will help women not only to weaken the manifestations of menopause, but also to reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes. Women should be recommended regular physical activity, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, proper nutrition and full healthy sleep. If the symptoms cannot be stopped in this way, hormone therapy is necessary, which will not only facilitate the course of the menopausal period, but also reduce the risks of serious diseases, including diabetes mellitus.

Aminat Adzhieva, portal "Eternal Youth" http://vechnayamolodost.ru Based on the materials of The North American Menopause Society: Study Suggests Hot Flashes Could Be Precursor to Diabetes.

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