As a woman, you go through profound changes during menopause, and this
affects your emotional and physical health. At that time, you go
through a series of metabolic changes that can lead to blood sugar
imbalance, and other serious health associated problems. A study that
tracked metabolic changes in women as they progressed through menopause
found that one out of six women developed blood sugar imbalance.
Estrogen can create blood sugar imbalance and increase in body fat
storage, whereas progesterone normalizes blood sugar levels and helps
use fat for energy.

During perimenopause and menopause, fat often starts to accumulate
around your midriff and insulin levels start to rise. This triggers a
drop in Sex-Hormone-Binding-Globulin (SHBG) levels. With the reduction
of SHBG (a substance that attaches to the sex hormones in the blood to
make them inert), androgens such as testosterone and
dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) ñ the bioactive ëmaleí sex hormones ñ
begin circulating inside your body. This makes you seem more ëmanlyí in
appearance and adds to the fat around your stomach.

If left unchecked, these imbalances further stimulate weight gain and
metabolic dysfunction, increasing the risk of diabetes and
cardiovascular disease. If you develop blood sugar imbalance during
menopause, you will show increased body fat around the stomach, higher
insulin levels and lipid imbalances. You will have lower levels of the
good cholesterol (HDL) and higher levels of triglycerides. A way to
prevent this is to ensure that there is no weight gain during menopause
and unhealthy increase in glucose and insulin.

Preventing Blood Sugar Imbalance During Menopause
Blood sugar imbalance, especially low blood sugar, is pronounced
in women experiencing early menopause. Such women have a craving for
sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol. Some of the signs of early menopause
are:
• Menstrual cycles become unpredictable
• Menstrual flow becomes heavier or lighter
• Low blood sugar
• Fatigue for many days before menstrual cycle
• Weight gain and decreased sex drive
• Headaches that could become migraines
• Inability to concentrate
• Mood swings, irritability, or feeling depressed

Liver helps to process excess hormones to maintain appropriate blood
sugar levels. You can help prevent blood sugar imbalance by:
• Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and fatty acids from fried and processed foods
• Avoiding pollution
• Eating food, such as, artichoke, beets and beet greens and burdock root
• Exercising to sweat for at least 15 minutes daily
• Replacing lost fluid by
drinking at least 1/3 of your body weight in ounces of water everyday

The right kind of food can work like medicine. A proper diet promotes
good health during menopause, assists the body to adjust itself to
change, keeps the hormones more balanced and supports the endocrine
system. There is a need to stabilize blood sugar levels, a need to
correct blood sugar imbalance. To increase blood sugar levels when the
glucose levels fall too low, the adrenal gland releases adrenalin and
the pancreas releases glucagons. A sweet snack can boost sugar levels.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.

Cathy's passion for the internet, as well as her own transition into peri-menopause, was the impetus to create her first website Everything Menopause. She writes often regarding menopause and issues that concern women at mid-life including healing the mind, body and emotions. You can also find some of her health-related articles online at www.ezinearticles.com/?expert=Cathy_Taylor