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All The Ladies Out There Who Still Have Their Menses, How Does This Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels?

All The Ladies Out There Who Still Have Their Menses, How Does This Affect Your Blood Sugar Levels?

Does TMI (too much info) matter at this point?
Women who still experience their menses aka Aunt Flo aka the rag or whatever term you call it. Have you noticed your BG levels go up or down, do you get even more tired, and how do you control your salty-sweet cravings?

posted November 23 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

@A DiabetesTeam Member I do get/understand the perimenopause thanks to the liletta/Mirena IUD that had me going for a year before all this. The agony is unreal. Sending you lots of cool breeze hugs. I will have to chart my numbers with the 28-day cycle for now til I get used to ALL of this.
@A DiabetesTeam Member lol 😆 yes they truly do, at least being a diabetic is more fun than Aunt Flo. 😆
@A DiabetesTeam Member
This beast is quite a mess. Still learning to reign the ropes. One day at a time. Oi, I feel like even though thousands and probably millions of people have this, it still feels unreal at times. It truly is learning to "build mastery " with this beast.
(dialectic behavior therapy/mindfulnesses term)

Sending you all hugs
Cheers

posted November 25
A DiabetesTeam Member

Hey @A DiabetesTeam Member sorry I missed this question but not surprising. I for one found a week or two even before I would actually get my periods my blood sugars were erratic and I would have to increase my insulin dose quite a bit but as soon as I got them my blood sugars would fall pretty much right away and had to decrease again and now its still the same only difference is I`m also peri-menopausal but lucky me I still get them quite regularly just never know anymore when that will be as much as I was able to know before. The joys of agingg lol but I`ve been ready to be over this crap for awhile now all my friends well some are much younger then I and have already been through menopause and im sitting here still going strong in that department ughhhh...For all the men out there you have noooo idea how lucky you truly are...lolll....😆

posted November 24 (edited)
A DiabetesTeam Member

Good question-I'm just glad I'm beyond that in years to know the answer. I will say that in my opinion, one 'beast' is enough to deal with at any given time, and having both at the same time does not sound enviable.

posted November 23
A DiabetesTeam Member

Never had the "pleasure" of the monthly visit but do know that the increase in Estrogen and Progesterone result in the release of extra sugar (stored in the liver).

That is a normal reaction to the presence of the additional hormones once a month and if you chart your average blood sugar on a weekly basis or whatever, you will notice an uptick that corresponds to your cycle.

Both conditions suck I guess, but at least they are predictable.

posted November 23

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