If you’re diabetic, you’re used to checking your blood glucose regularly. Do you notice changes during the month that seem unrelated to diet, exercise, or other factors? Perhaps, the blood sugar swings are hormonally related.
Many researchers have found that a woman’s menstrual cycle does have an effect on blood glucose levels. Some women report that their blood sugar spikes in the days between ovulation and the onset of bleeding. However, many women notice a drop in blood sugar during the same time frame. Others say that their blood glucose levels follow no monthly pattern.
Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels during the month may induce temporary insulin resistance in some women. The best way to find out is to carefully record your blood glucose readings for a few months to see any patterns. Do not make changes to your medication routine without consulting your diabetes physician.
If you are female and have diabetes, you need a gynecologist who works as part of a team to help manage your disease. Dr. Amy Siegel is board-certified and specializes in gynecology. She’s part of Hackensack University Medical Group | Primary Care, a growing multi-specialty medical group of highly skilled healthcare providers practicing in northern NJ. All of the group’s providers are able to share electronic health records through a secure system and work together for their patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Siegel, call: 201-225-2555.