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Postmenopausal women should get their insulin levels checked
You feel tired, hungry, and gaining weight? Maybe you feel thirstier, or wake up at night and need to go to the bathroom. These are some of the most common symptoms we hear from postmenopausal women. This may be a sign of insulin resistance - a precursor to diabetes, and other major health problems.
Women with insulin resistance have a greater risk of many disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and breast cancer. Many people do not even know they have it, so are likely unaware of the health problems associated it. Hence doctors advice to get their insulin levels checked at regular intervals after a women gets menopause.

Dr. KK Aggarwal, Honorary secretary general of IMA while talking about this issue advised all the women to keep a check on their insulin levels. He said, "All postmenopausal women should try to keep insulin at normal levels through weight loss, regular exercise, and other methods."

As per a report published in the International Journal of Cancer from Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, there is a strong association between elevated insulin levels in the blood and increased risk of breast cancer.

The researchers examined data gathered from 5,450 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) and found that women with insulin levels in the highest third were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women in the bottom third.

The link between elevated insulin levels and breast cancer was stronger for thin women than for obese women, as they tend to have higher insulin levels. This finding is potentially important because it indicates that in postmenopausal women, insulin may be a risk factor for breast cancer that is independent of obesity.

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