Studies show that menopause does not affect diabetes risk

Although menopause has been previously linked with speeding the progression of diabetes, results from a recent clinical trial show otherwise. According to Dr. Catharine Kim, associate professor of internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System, post-menopausal women are not at higher risk of developing diabetes.

The research suggests that lifestyle choices play a much larger role in susceptibility to the disease than menopause. Both women who experienced natural menopause and forced menopause were studied and results were about the same. Neither posed a risk for diabetes.

According to Kim, "Physicians can be empowered to tell women that lifestyle changes can be very effective, and that menopause does not mean that they have a higher risk of diabetes." Even hormone replacement therapy did not seem to alter diabetes risk.

Those with diabetes should take care of their overall health with diet and exercise to avoid possible complications. Vita-betic is a vitamin supplement from Dr. Newton's Naturals made specifically for diabetics. It contains all the recommended essential nutrients for adults without any added sugars.

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