Get Started
Customer Resources
LivingConnected® Clinical Solution
LivingConnected® Clinical Solution
For Partners
Back to the Education Library

Understanding Diabetes Management During Menopause 

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years and usually occurs in her late 40s to early 50s. But did you know that this transition can also affect how diabetes is managed? 

As we kick off Women’s Health Month, let’s explore the relationship between menopause and diabetes, and what you can do to manage blood sugar levels. 

How Menopause Impacts Blood Sugar Control 

For women with diabetes, menopause can create new challenges in maintaining stable glucose levels. As the body undergoes hormonal changes, the production of estrogen and progesterone decreases, which can lead to insulin resistance and impact blood sugar regulation. This change in hormone levels may cause fluctuations in blood sugar, making it more difficult to maintain stability. 

Common Challenges During Menopause 

During menopause, women with diabetes might experience: 

Increased Insulin Resistance: This can lead to higher blood sugar levels, requiring adjustments in medication or insulin dosage. 

Unpredictable Blood Sugar Levels: Hormonal changes can cause blood sugar to fluctuate, leading to episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). 

Weight Gain and Reduced Energy: Menopause-related changes can contribute to weight gain and reduced energy, impacting overall diabetes management. 

Mood Fluctuations: Mood fluctuations can be part of menopause. If you experience unusual irritability, sadness, anxiety, or loss of pleasure in activities, contact your healthcare provider.  

Insomnia: Insomnia is common during menopause. Symptoms like hot flashes can disrupt sleep, making anxiety and depression worse. Meanwhile, mood problems themselves can cause sleep problems – and the lack of sleep can lead to increased blood sugar. Hormone replacement therapy may help. So can exercise, relaxation techniques like meditation, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Talk to your doctor if sleep becomes a problem. 

Looking Forward 

Menopause is a natural part of life, but it can bring challenges, especially for maintaining stable blood sugar levels. By incorporating these strategies, you can better navigate this phase more smoothly. And remember: Always talk with your healthcare provider to get personalized advice and explore treatment options that fit your needs. 

Author: Bernice Boivin RD, CDCES | CCS Health       

This site is for educational purposes only. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before making any decisions about your health.