The Impact of Menopause on Existing Chronic Illnesses Such As Diabetes

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The stage of menopause in every woman's life is a different experience for each one.
Even with the same characteristic of having one's estrogen levels lower and coupled with the cessation of reproductive processes, each individual who undergoes this has a different story to remember and probably tell on how they cope up with it.
Many factors come into play with this, among which are perceptions, internal factors, environment, body coping mechanisms, and even both acute and chronic illnesses.
In A Nutshell When a woman undergoes menopause, the different body systems, as well as the altered feedback mechanisms go through an overhaul as it tries to compensate for the loss of estrogen.
The body tries to achieve homeostasis even with something lacking.
In the event that there are other internal factors that further complicate things such as an existing sickness or a chronic illness, the imbalance within may further develop and worsen the current health state of the person.
When Diabetes Is Present Diabetes is a chronic illness common to many people.
It may be developed such as Type II diabetes or acquired during fetal development such as Type I diabetes.
Both types have one thing in common: that the body is unable to produce enough insulin effect to synthesize the existing sugar in the blood, which therefore increases the overall amount flowing through the body systems.
What To Expect Menopause and diabetes may work hand in hand in amplifying the negative effects currently present.
For one, changes in blood sugar level may be more evident and fluctuating.
Since estrogen and progesterone affects the way cells react to insulin, any fluctuations in the levels of the former would also directly affect the way blood sugar is synthesized.
A woman having both health statuses may experience abrupt fluctuations.
Infections are also expected to rise because of the added fact that bacteria and yeast are able to invade and enter the vaginal area more easily as there is a decrease in estrogen which protects it from them in the first place.
Having diabetes complicates things further by lessening the immune system's responses to such attacks.
Another thing to consider is having sleeping problems.
As this is evident to many women having post menopausal symptoms, the much needed sleep may aggravate the blood sugar regulation as people who lack sleep have a harder time managing their sugar levels.
No Easy Way But Strict Monitoring These may have to be part of some women for a lifetime and there is no way out.
However, those who are about to be in this situation, as well as those who are already in this, it would just be wise to observe proper diet and maintain proper hydration and health practices.
It may be unfortunate that therapeutic regimen would have to be administered throughout, but saving one's self from further complications would definitely be better than not.
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