Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Diabetes Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

Type 1, Your Cycle, and Your Heart


Aug 1, 1997

Abstract #563

Women with type 1 diabetes are more prone to experience premature menopause and, as a result, are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

This study found that, on average, women with type 1 diabetes start menopause at 40.7 years, 9.2 years earlier than their non-diabetic sisters. Researchers theorize that premature menopause is not a diabetic complication, but that type 1 diabetes is a form of accelerated aging that may contribute to premature ovarian failure.

People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, and premature menopause makes the risk even greater. As a result, these women should seriously discuss hormone replacement therapy and other heart-healthy lifestyle measures with their physicians urges Janice Dorman, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

"The take-home message of this study for women with diabetes is that they should be extra vigilant about adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, by not smoking, eating a low-fat diet, exercising regularly, trying to maintain ideal weight and keeping their diabetes in good control," says Dorman.

The study also found that women with type 1 diabetes tended to be one year older than other women when they had their first menstrual period (13.5 vs. 12.5 years old) and were more likely to have longer menstrual cycles before the age of 30.


Categories: Diabetes, Heart Care & Heart Disease, Research, Type 1 Issues, Women's Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.