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Risk of Diabetes Increases After Menopause

The hormones estrogen and progesterone affect how the body’s cells respond to insulin. It is known that younger women are less likely than men to develop type 2 diabetes. But after menopause, the trend reverses dramatically, and women are at higher risk of diabetes. Changes in hormone levels can trigger fluctuations in blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can worsen problems associated with menopause by contributing to urinary tract and vaginal infections, and diabetes can damage the nerves of the cells that line the vagina and interfere with arousal and orgasm. Having diabetes means that you are have a greater chance of a having a heart attack or stroke. Ask our pharmacist about how we can work together with you and your physician to customize hormone replacement therapy to meet your specific needs.


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