Diabetes risk 'not affected by menopause'

Diabetes risk 'not affected by menopause'

Menopause does not affect diabetes risk, according to new research bound to be of interest to many older people using assisted living.

Research at the University of Michigan found that postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes whether they had gone through a natural menopause or had their ovaries removed.

For every year 100 women were observed, 11.8 premenopausal women developed diabetes, which compares to 10.5 women who had natural menopause and 12.9 people with their ovaries removed, according to the study published in journal Menopause.

Study lead author Catherine Kim commented: "Menopause is one of many small steps in aging and it doesn't mean women's health will be worse after going through this transition."

In other news, testosterone therapy has been seen to improve memory in post-menopausal women, according to findings presented at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

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