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Menstrual Cycle and Diabetes: An Extra Set of Challenges

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Diabetes and the menstrual cycle can have a tricky relationship with each other. Hormones associated with the menstrual cycle can affect blood sugar levels and vice versa. Many women choose to monitor their cycle to some degree. This process can help you detect if there are patterns in your menstrual cycle and your blood sugar numbers. Perhaps, you run higher right before or during your cycle. This can last 3-5 days before, during, or after menstruation.

To Change or Not to Change

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When first diagnosed with diabetes, health care professionals ask us to make a lot of changes in our lifestyle, all at once. This includes starting new medications, making dietary changes, counting carbohydrates, testing our blood sugar levels, exercising, sleeping better, and managing our stress more effectively. There is wide variation in the health behavior change that we all decide to take on.