DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH: How to Beat the Double-Whammy of Diabetes & Menopause According to Laurie Birkholz, M.D. with Lakeshore Health Partners

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dealing with the vexing symptoms of menopause and struggling to keep
diabetes in check can be doubly stressful for women ages
. As diabetes increases, so does the risk of heart disease,
stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve disease.

Laurie Birkholz, M.D. with Lakeshore
Health Partners
says, “Symptoms of menopause can be overwhelming and
can pose challenges when trying to keep diabetes under control. In
addition to maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, and
daily exercising diabetic women in menopause can ease symptoms with the
following tips.”

  • DIET & EXERCISE Diet, exercise and weight control are
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    book highlights menus
    for weight loss and control of blood sugar. By increasing fruits,
    nuts, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils),
    low-fat dairy products and heart healthy fish into your diet, you’ll
    minimize risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure and high
    blood fats. And, follow a daily exercise regime like: yoga, walking,
    swimming, weight training and resistance bands.
  • BLOOD FLOW AND MOJO: Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to
    diminished blood flow “down there.” This can result in a decrease in
    moisture and lubrication. For a hormone-free option to improve
    moisture, Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H. confirmed Replens as effective
    as vaginal estrogen for menopausal women as stated in the Management
    of Menopausal Symptoms
    . And to ease painful sex, try a
    long-lasting silicone lubricant like Replens
    Silky Smooth
    or Wet
  • BONE HEALTH: Menopause and estrogen depletion are linked to
    osteoporosis. Consider talking with your health care provider about
    your individual risks and possible need for bone density testing. A
    healthy diet, weight-bearing exercises, dietary and supplemental
    calcium and vitamin D will help keep bones strong and healthy. Avoid
    smoking, take precautions against falls and seek medical help if bone
    loss is detected on routine screening.
  • PAY ATTENTION TO THE URINARY TRACT: The depletion of estrogen
    in menopause and poorly controlled diabetes can lead to urinary tract
    infections (UTI). A decrease in estrogen results in an increase in
    vaginal pH which can predispose to UTI’s. RepHresh
    keeps the pH balanced to its optimum 4.3 and unwanted or
    pathogenic bacteria from overpopulating.
  • KEEP YEAST UNDER CONTROL: Yeast cells are nourished and
    multiply due to vaginal secretions containing elevated amounts of
    glucose, or sugar, in the blood. The vaginal strains of probiotic
    lactobacillus (flora), L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri
    RC-14™ in RepHresh
    , will can help diabetic women maintain a healthy balance of
    lactobacillus, yeast, and other bacteria.

“Menopausal women with diabetes can take control of their health and
well-being by making simple modifications now,” concludes Dr. Birkholz.


For Lakeshore Health Partners
Lauren Wright, 646-964-4446