Hot flashes, night sweats linked to diabetes

The associated risk of type 2 diabetes increased with the severity and duration of common menopausal symptoms.

Women who experience common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats appear to have an 18 percent greater risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study led by researchers from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington School of Public Health. 

In a study of more than 150,000 postmenopausal women, those common signs of menopause, otherwise known as vasomotor symptoms, were linked to higher chances of type 2 diabetes diagnosis. This risk increased with the severity and duration of women’s symptoms.

"Menopause may be an opportune time for clinicians to encourage their patients to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity,” said principal investigator Kristen Gray. 

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