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How do I know if my symptoms are due to menopause or blood sugar if I have diabetes?

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The only way to know for sure -- and the safest thing to do -- is to test your blood sugar. However, checking too often can take an emotional toll. If you’re worried, your doctor or diabetes educator can help you figure out how often to do it.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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Is there anything I can take if menopause is affecting my blood sugar too much?

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