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Early and late menopause ‘linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes’

27th July 2016

A new study has indicated that an early or late menopause might put women at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Kaiser Permanente research looked at data from more than 124,000 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, a large national trial aimed at preventing disease in postmenopausal women.

With the average age of menopause being 51, the study found that women who had their final menstrual period before age 46 were 25 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to those whose final period came between age 46 and 55.

Meanwhile, women who hit menopause after age 55 were 12 percent more likely to develop diabetes. Previous studies linked early menopause to an increased risk of diabetes, but this study is one of the first to show that later menopause also puts women at higher risk.

Kaiser Permanente researcher Dr Erin LeBlanc said: "Women who start menopause before or after that window should be aware that they are at higher risk, and should be especially vigilant about reducing obesity, eating a healthy diet and exercising."

It was also shown that women with the shortest and longest lifetime reproductive cycles were more likely to develop diabetes than those with medium-length cycles.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801822608-ADNFCR

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