Menopause & Blood Glucose Levels

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Hi, I am wondering if any one else going through menopause has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes that only began with the onset of menopause?  I have never had an issue with BGL's until the start of menopause, now they are out of whack and Dr has diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes.  I don't agree with this diagnosis as my gut feeling is that it is all related to the menopause and hormone regulation through the liver.  My question is if anyone has had this experience and did BGL's return to normal after menopause.  I am not on any medication, trying the diet and exercise thing first (mostly because I am in denial about the whole thing)

 

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    Not sure about this but one thing be very careful doctor told me I was type2 then had the nurse call my cell phone 3months later to tell me stop taking meds because my a1c level was a 5.8 which was almost to perfect well guess what I NEVER took any medicine these doctors get such a huge kick back on these meds they will tell you anything do sad to say but it's true good luck
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    I was borderline back in May but then it went way down below 90 then my husband took it a couple tines and I was back to borderline around 115 and 120. I'm not going to have it retested just yet, cause it does fluctuate I believe with the menopause. I asked my PC about it being related ti thst and she said no. I don't believe her. She wanted to retest my blood when I tokd her about sine of my readings. I figure uf it gets into tge 130s or 140's then I'll go back to her about. I feel fine. Not thirsty or going the bathroom all the time so think I'm still borderline yes. Like you I'm treating it by exercising and controling my diet better.

    Just wish there was a menopause specialist I can go to - to tell her all my problems, and she wouldn't think I was crazy woman.

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      When testing make sure in the morning test if its between 90 -110 its fine after meals its will go up depending on what you eat as long as it goes down without meds I talk to many doctors and nurses almost everyday due to my sister being in hospital I ask questions all the time one doctor said even if it would go as high as 180 after meals that's normal but coming down without meds is the key just keep an eye on it
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      I am finding the more weight I lose, the higher the morning readings....crazy!!  I don't have any of the physical symptoms, guess that is why I am sceptical about the diagnosis but thinking about it kicks my anxiety into drive...what if I am being too complacent??  Be nice to find a specialist who could actually help.

       

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      When I test in the morning its between 82-90 but that's after I lost the weight it use to read like 117 in the morning so I think walking daily and not do much carbs will help maintain healthy readings good luck I know this crazy thing called menopause is for the birds grrrrr
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      Yes eat lots of carbs and do lots of leg lifts and muscle building exercises. I gained most of my weight back. Even though I am overweight. I like fitting back in my big- girl clothes.
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    I do believe that it could be hormone related. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes and every time I go to the ER they ask me if i am and when they test me it seems to come out fine. Once I went to the ER with an episode and it was up high, but it went down on its after they tested me a while later. It can be pretty tricky. It seems to be going up and down lately. This hormone mess is all complicated. Too bad there isn't enough research on women for this stuff.
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    I was also borderline a few months earlier, i believe it was due to the present havoc of the hormones, doc told me to change diet and it came under control, but im also not sure whats going on as I believe I am hypoglycemic ( functional/ ideopathic/reactive ? ) without taking any meds for diabetes
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    I don't know but I have been tested for diabetes several times as i have a constant nagging thirst. Some nights up 2 or 3 times having to drink and go to the loo.

    Even right after drinking (sometimes a pint of water or juice) the thirst is still there.

    All test results are normal.

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    I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2014, after all these symptoms began. It was over 8 so thankfully not high and I've wondered the same thing myself. I do have a glucose monitor I can use to check my bloods. If you haven't got one, see if you can buy one and check it yourself. Certain foods can spike your bloods and given how we can tolerate certain foods one day, and not another, it wouldn't suprise me if the perimenopause could be responsible for elevated our bloods sometimes. I take Linagliptin and a Gliclazide daily for mine but my mum and uncle are also diabetic so it's genetic as well. Does make me wonder though.
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      I have a monitor, have never been over 8.  No history of diabetes in my family either.  The confusing thing is that it goes down over the course of the day.  Starting testing before I went to bed (about 2.5hrs after dinner) and is in the mid 5's.  Think it is time for another trip to the Dr.  I am not on any meds, using diet and exercise and it appears the more weight I am losing, the worse the morning readings are getting....go figure!!

       

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      I agree with you in that your readings are up and down. What many diabetics do, is test an hour before eating, and then two hours after to check on the levels. Mid 5s is a great reading to have, definitely not in the diabetic range. It sounds like you need a fasting blood test again. Are you on any medication, especially at night that could affect your readings? I do know that certain foods, (ones we'd never think could affect it), can raise our levels. That's why a lot of people eat a LCHF, (low carb, high fat), diet to counteract it. It means though that bread, rice, pasta and potatoes can't be eaten......and yep, typically they're foods that I love.
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      I have been testing at all different times of the day and the only time it is in the 7's if first thing in the morning.  Have been on a low carb, high protein diet for about 3 months now, have lost 6kgs.  Not on any medication for anything. Maybe exercise is the key (although after a 3km strenuous walk last week the reading was 7.7 an hour after walk (which was just before dinner), tested before bed and it was 5.4.  Figures are so erratic.  After reading back through some old posts on this site, am going to try B group vitamins and see how that goes.
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      Well done, that is a lot of weight to lose and in a healthy way too. I'm now on B12 and have got my B6 to try now as well. It'll be interesting to see what my blood glucose levels are when I go for my diabetic check up. I will haved to test my blood in the morning to see what it is at. I don't normally check so early but I'm interested to see how mine fluctuates in the day. I need to try the LCHF diet as many like it and say it works. Obviously and thankfully, it's working for you.
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