How diabetes can affect your menstruation cycle?

a. Late Period, Early Menopause

Uncontrolled diabetes may affect your reproductive life in following ways:

  • Comparatively slightly shorter span of reproductive years
  • Late onset of periods

b. Your Blood Sugar Level May Be More Difficult to Control at Certain Times of the Month

  • Hormonal change during your menstrual cycle is the reason for this problem
  • Through the first half of menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs due to which, rise in progesterone causes increased insulin resistance and food cravings

These effects of Progesterone are seen in the second half of the cycle resulting in:

  • More hyperglycemic episodes with same diet and exercise.
  • Cause you to have food cravings.
  • Both the above effects may make you lazy and demotivated.
  • Finally leading to poor glycemic control (so beware).
  • With time these repeated effects can increase your risk of diabetic complications.

Be watchful of your diet and exercise regime during this phase.

c. Weight Gain Can Cause Irregular Periods

Mostly there are chances that if you are diabetic, you have polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, you are struggling with your weight.

  • When overweight your excess fat produces hormones that increase insulin resistance.
  • This insulin resistance triggers pancreas to produce more insulin.
  • These increased insulin levels interrupt with the hormones that control your menstrual cycle.
  • Result is, you will not ovulate and so will not have a regular period.
Can your menstrual cycle and/or going through menopause affect glucose levels?

Yes. It's common for women to have hormone fluctuations the week before their period, and those can affect glucose control. After ovulating, estrogen and progesterone rise.

  • Estrogen can make women more sensitive to insulin and cause hypoglycemia
  • Progesterone can do the opposite as mentioned above.

Create a management plan for these difficult days by undertaking the followings:

  • Check your glucose levels
  • Analyse your monthly fluctuations
  • Know your patterns
  • Customize a management plan
Why Your Period Might Go Missing?

The two common causes of a missing period may surprise you: sugar and stress. Moreover, sugar and stress feed on one another to continue a viscous cycle.

How to manage the sugar cause:

  • Stop taking processed sugar and replace it with unrefined, unprocessed sugar items.
  • Like in place of white refined sugar you can have jaggery powder, honey, palm sugar

How to manage the stress cause:

  • Stress is sometimes unescapable, but you should learn it reduce it as much as possible.
  • Go for meditation and yoga, or whatever relaxes you.
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