Early Menopause or Just a Low Blood Sugar

Sweaty Woman

 

You would think with 30 years of diabetes under my belt I would have a pretty good handle on this disease, but I am still amazed by how my blood sugar affects my body.  A recent middle of the night low reminded me of an interesting conversation I had years ago.

Barbara, my former high school teacher and recently diagnosed adult Type 1, was kind enough to attend an outdoor event I was hosting.  She sat down next to me as I was suffering a serious low blood sugar (sweaty, not able to put together a complete thought, etc.).  We cursed how the serious lows seem to pop up at the most inopportune times.  She has a dry sense of humor, which I totally appreciate, and made a comment that only diabetic women could understand – “Menopause will be nothing – you experience the equivalent of an unbearable hot flash with any major low blood sugar.”  Good to know!!  This inspired me to to compare the symptoms of menopause (Healthline.com) and diabetes.

Similarities:

  • Hot Flashes – Hot flashes can be a sudden feeling of heat either in the upper portion of your body or all over. Your face and neck might turn red, and you may feel sweaty or flushed. The intensity of a hot flash can range from mild to very strong, even waking you from sleep.
    • Every T1D has woken up in a pool of sweat or even worse – had a sweatfest during a social event.

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