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Do Vasomotor Symptoms Elevate Diabetes Risk?

Menopause; ePub 2017 Dec 4; Gray, Katon, et al

Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are associated with elevated diabetes risk, predominantly for women with night sweats and postmenopausal symptoms, a recent study found. Associations of incident diabetes with VMS characteristics were examined among 150,007 postmenopausal Women’s Health Initiative participants from 1993 to 2014, with mean duration of follow-up at 13.1 years. Researchers found:

  • VMS prevalence was 33.0%.
  • Reporting any VMS was associated with 18% increased diabetes risk, which increased with severity (mild: HR 1.13; moderate: HR 1.29; severe: HR 1.48) and duration (4% per 5 years), independent of obesity.
  • Diabetes risk was more pronounced for women reporting any night sweats than only hot flashes and was restricted to late VMS.

Citation:

Gray KE, Katon JG, LeBlanc ES, et al. Vasomotor symptom characteristics: Are they risk factors for incident diabetes? [Published online ahead of print December 4, 2017]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001033.