According to a recent study, women who develop diabetes early are more likely to experience early menopause.
More than 11,000 women were tracked by researchers from the University of Toronto to better understand the long-term effects of pre-menopause diabetes on women’s reproductive health.
They discovered that a woman’s likelihood of entering menopause earlier increases the earlier she has diabetes.
According to research, women who were diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes at a young age were more likely to have early menopause. According to the study’s authors, women who received an early diagnosis of diabetes were more likely than women without diabetes to experience menopause sooner.
Additionally, compared to women without diabetes, women who received a type 2 diabetes diagnosis later in life were more likely to experience a later age for natural menopause.
“We hope our work lays the groundwork for additional research in this area so we can better understand and prevent the long-term effects of diabetes on the human body and the reproductive system,” said Dr Vrati Mehra, the study’s lead author from the University of Toronto.
It occurs at a time when lawmakers are urging the government to invite all women over 45 to a free NHS health check so that physicians can discuss menopause with them.
According to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Menopause (APPG), more has to be done, including making HRT prescriptions available on the NHS for free.
The MPs stated in a new report that the NHS must establish a health check for all women at the age of 45, delivered like cervical cancer screenings when all women are encouraged to schedule an appointment.
To diagnose menopause earlier, help women be better prepared, and ensure they get the knowledge and care they need to manage the menopausal transition, it is imperative that women engage with the health system before or in the early phases of perimenopause.