Mercy Endocrinologist, Dr. Supneet Saluja, Discusses Research Indicating Link Between Early Onset Menopause and Diabetes

March 18, 2019
Center for Endocrinology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

For the past seven years, Supneet K. Saluja, M.D., is an endocrinology specialist at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center, has been working with 70-year-old Bernadine Brodgon to get her Type 2 diabetes under control. The two are a perfect doctor-patient pair.

"When I met her, my A1 C was 13.7, I believe, when I met her. Now it's down to 5," Brodgon said.

When Brodgon was 32 years old, she had endometriosis. One day on her menstrual cycle, heavy bleeding from a fibroid tumor led to an emergency surgery that resulted in a hysterectomy.

"He found it back behind my large intestines and it was about the size of a grapefruit," Brodgon said.

The hysterectomy saved her life, but forced her into early menopause. She later developed Type 2 diabetes.

Now 38 years later, analysis from data of 13 studies published in Bottom Line Health shows a link between early menopause and Type 2 diabetes.

According to Dr. Saluja, the link is likely caused by a number of changes that occur during menopause.

"Mood changes, sleep disturbance and weight gain -- and those are quite disturbing to women of this age. But what also happens is a drop in estrogen levels and that can cause change in your fat distribution and that can put you at risk for diabetes," Dr. Saluja said.

Early menopause is considered to be anyone in their early 40s, no matter if it's natural or surgical. If you are experiencing the symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor about the your overall health to lower your risk for diabetes later in life.

"I tell my patients to use a portion control diet and increase physical activity," Dr. Saluja said.

Though Brodgon has been through a lot, she's a shining example of how you can get things back on track.

"It wasn't easy, but I said to myself, God has here for a reason and I want to stay until I accomplish his goal for me," Brogdon said.

View Mercy endocrinologist Dr. Supneet Saluja’s interview regarding early menopause and diabetes.


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