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How does age affect your production of hormones and blood sugar?

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Your body also starts making less of some hormones, including the human growth hormone, as you age. Women will create less estrogen and progesterone, and men often produce less of the sex hormone testosterone. As you get older, you also may be more prone to illness and infections that can spike your blood sugar.

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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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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