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Irregular menstrual periods are linked to higher levels of blood glucose (sugar) levels. Study results show that irregular menstrual cycles occur frequently among teens.
The hormonal changes that occur with menstruation can cause changes in blood glucose levels. Insulin needs increase substantially because blood glucose levels are increasing. In addition to your menstrual cycle affecting your ability to control your diabetes, having type 1 diabetes can affect your menstrual cycle.
Talk with your doctor about how your monthly hormonal fluctuations may affect your diabetes management plan. Closely monitor blood glucose levels and adjust insulin in the days leading up to your menstrual period for a few months, until you have a good idea of how your insulin needs respond to changing hormone levels. Maintaining consistency in your food intake and routine contribute to better blood glucose control. It is great that you are trying to be more aggressive in treating diabetes as well as control weight gain.
If you wonder about experiencing rebound hyperglycemia (Somogyi effect), just set your alarm clock to wake up between 2 and 3 a.m. and test your blood glucose. Low blood glucose levels could signify the Somogyi effect is in action.
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