Menopause has no extra effect on the risk for diabetes, an American study suggests.
Researchers found it had little or no impact on whether women became more susceptible to diabetes, and postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes regardless of whether they experienced natural menopause or had their ovaries removed.
The trial in 1237 women with glucose intolerance (pre-diabetes) aged 40 to 65 included 708 premenopausal women, 328 in natural menopause and 201 with bilateral oophorectomy.
Previous evidence suggested menopause speeds progression to diabetes because postmenopausal women have higher levels of testosterone, a diabetes risk factor.
Menopause August 2011; 18; 857-868
Content updated 8 August 2011