Experts associated with the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) released their findings in Menopause showing how women with type 1 diabetes may have a reduced reproductive period.
The study began by evaluating the length of the reproductive period of 300 women.
The women with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes were then compared with healthy women.
In past research, insulin has shown to be a major factor in regulating the female reproductive system. The new findings suggest that insulin deficiency may substantially impact a woman’s reproductive system.
“This study found that women with the onset of type 1 diabetes before menarche were at increased risk for a shorter reproductive lifespan. Thus, these women are not only at risk for premature ovarian aging because of early onset type 1 diabetes, they are also at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and early mortality because of early natural menopause,” said the NAMS medical director Stephanie Faubion in a press release.
“Understanding these risks and targeting appropriate risk-reducing strategies are key to optimizing the health and quality of life of these women.”
The study, released by the non-profit organization NAMS, was released on March 3rd, 2021.