No, menopause is not itself associated with an increased risk of diabetes, type 1 or 2. However, although menopause is not be associated with increased type 2 diabetes risk it is still important that you take care of yourself and take precautions to reduce type 2 diabetes risk (e.g. exercise, eat a sensible diet, maintain a healthy weight). This is because as people get older their risk of type 2 diabetes increases.
On the whole older peoples' bodies are less sensitive to the effects of insulin (regardless of body size). Some research has indicated that their insulin sensitive is reduced by up to 50%. In addition to this, there will be a decrease in glucose tolerance. At least 50% of people with impaired glucose tolerance will eventually develop diabetes.
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