Waking up in the middle of the night in a puddle of sweat? Do you have to get up and change your night gown because it is soaking wet? Are your night sweats bothersome and wake you up frequently? A recent study has shown that women who have postmenopausal hot flashes and especially night sweats, have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study that was published on December 6, 2017 in Menopause.
According to the study, the risk of developing diabetes increased in women who had more severe hot flashes and night sweats. In addition, those women who had these symptoms for a long period of time were more likely to develop diabetes.
Researches think that the correlation between night sweats and diabetes is related to a woman’s sleep. The study suggests that both decreased quality and quantity of sleep increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Night sweats tend to affect sleep more so than hot flashes (which generally occur during the day).
For this study, researchers tracked and analyzed data for 150,007 postmenopausal women. These were the women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative study. Researchers were looking for ways to explore possible link between diabetes and hot flashes and night sweats. These women were followed for an average of 13 years and the study showed that 33% of participants experienced hot flashes and night sweats. Out of the 150,007 women in this study, 18,316 women developed diabetes. This is an 18% increased risk for diabetes compared with those who said had no symptoms.
It is also important to note that those women who had more severe symptoms had a higher incidence of diabetes compared to the ones with mild hot flashes and night sweats.
You can find to learn more about how to manage menopausal symptoms by talking to a Bi0-Identical hormone specialist such as Sharzad Green, Pharm.D. or your doctor.