Study finds no link between menopause and diabetes, but both can take a toll on senior health
July 28, 2011
A recent study that was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health System was intended to examine the relationship between diabetes and menopause. The scientists set out to examine previous claims that menopause can increase the risk of developing diabetes due to an higher testosterone level.
"In our study, menopause had no additional effect on risk for diabetes," said Catherine Kim, the lead researcher. "Menopause is one of the many small steps in aging and it doesn't mean women's health will be worse after going through this transition."
The researchers did find that exercise and hormone replacement therapy were advantageous for post-menopausal women, especially those who had their ovaries surgically removed. Regular physical activity can also benefit the overall health of older women and help them maintain mobility as they age.
Diabetes affects nearly 27 percent of Americans over the age of 65 and it is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness, according to the American Diabetes Association. Losing vision late in life can be disorienting and difficult to adjust to, in which case a senior alert system may be a wise purchase. It can help seniors get medical attention if they trip and fall.