Menopause


#1

I think I might be starting menopause. Although it’s only been since February of my last cycle I feel different. My sugar spiked from 10.5 mmol to 16.5mol. My basal rate is pretty good through the night usually. I have been in perimenopause for about the last 4 years. I am very unhappy with my control… I find my heart feels like it beats harder, my thinking and remembering process is slow, and I get irritated quickly.


#2

Welcome to the sisterhood!
Hugs,
Maureen


#3

Jno hot flashes or weight gain. My hair isn’t falling out either. I don’t know, I just feel different. I hope I can get control over over this.


#4

Not everyone gets hot flashes, a lucky few escape that. Menopause is different for everyone.
But I have no medical knowledge just personal experience.


#5

“Control?”…You might do better just abandoning yourself to the passage. Control of your blood sugar is different, though. You may indeed need to adapt how you eat–or when, for instance…

It is definitely different for each of us. At my peak, I was having hot flashes every hour on the hour, 24 hours/day. No sleep for days on end. I believe I was certifiably insane for awhile there. Ten years on, I still have hot flashes, but only 3-4/day. One learns the triggers…

I maintained my very low carb eating throughout, so I didn’t gain weight and my A1c was mostly okay. I got a bunch of extra test strips for a month and tested my blood sugar every minute as a hot flash took hold and receded. On average, my blood sugar rose 18 points and then went back slowly to its starting place…

This too shall pass as “they” say!..


#6

Hi! I guess I shouldn’t complain. I take melatonin 1 1/2 hours before bed. I close the blinds 2-3 hours priorto bed and turn off all computer screens. The melatonin helps me to fall asleep fast. I’m sorry you’re having a hard time with everything. Once I can do asal testing I am hoping it will fix most problems with my blood sugar . I wear a cgm so I can see what foods make me surge. I think I am doing a real crappy job with my diabetes right now. I might even be overreacting. Take care.


#7

Part of my lengthy recovery from a broken femur was adding melatonin to my regimen. It’s wonderful. Gentle but firm about easing me into sleep, even if I am aching! Good stuff!


#8

I agree. There no chance of addiction, and it works great.


#9

My last menstrual period was in February. I’m not having any other symptoms. I think my fluctuations are contributed by the lows and anxiety I was feeling from not being in better control. I guess they say you’re not in menopause til you have gone 1 year without a periid.


#10

Dee, it was all so long ago for me that I forget a lot of it. So different for everyone, it started slowly for me and it was not until I had my first hot flash that I realised what was happening. I was not a diabetic at that time so had no bgs to worry about.
Keep smiling and try not to worry.
Maureen


#11

Hey, no worries, I feel good.

D’Etta Meloche


#12

My sister and I used to tease our mom about being no help because she always said she remembered nothing. Then one day, Paula and I looked at each other and in a joint moment of enlightenment, realized that—Of course she didn’t remember any of it: right about then she had 3 teenagers in the house going crazy with their own hormone storms! Poor Mom—I don’t know how she survived at all!


#13

My aftermeal bloodsugars are taking a beating. I rise quickly and usually rise to 13to 15.5 mmol. I bought some ground flaxseed seed to sprinkle on foods to slow down the rise. I increased my carb ratio lowered my sensitvity and lowered my DOA . I don’t know what else to do other than stop eating. Uggghhhh!


#14

Dee, I am afraid I can be no help here. What does your endo or doctor say? Maybe Affrezza would help?
(((Hugs)))


#15

I see him on the 14th. The insulin pump doesn’t seem to be working for me anymore. I am almost thinking about injecting the suggested bolus with a syringe and using the pump for my basal rate. What do you think? I don’t want to fool around with it too much. I bought some no added sugar oatmeal and I tried it for breakfast and I still shot up to 13.0mmol I also had a yogurt with ground flaxseed added. I couldn’t pre bolus too soon because I was only 5.0mmol. I’m not having any hot flashes. It’s just after eating is my problem. I also tried increasing my basal rate 2hours before eating too help but I haven’t had much luck. I am depriving myself from eating what I normally do. I am so disgusted. When things are out of control it feels awful.


#16

Good news. The carb ratio I used at lunch worked. 1 hour after lunch I was 7.8mmol. 2 hours after I was 8.8mmol and it stayed steady and slowly can into target. I guess it’s just trial and error to match insulin to food. It is really surprising how much extra insulin you need once estrogen isn’t there.


#17

It’s not so much estrogen drops, it does start to decline along with progesterone. It’s that it fluctuates like crazy during menopause that causes a lot of the symptoms. But you still have it.


#18

I have read that progesterone is what make you more insulin resistant. I’m not having any hot flashes or night sweats thank God. Dealing with diabetes through this time in your life is enough.