Early menopause linked to type 2 diabetes

The younger a woman is when reaching menopause the greater their risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), research suggests.

A study of almost 4000 women in the Netherlands found women who reach menopause before the age of 40 are nearly four times as likely to develop the chronic disease as those women who reach menopause at 55 or older.

The risk of developing diabetes fell by 4% for every year a woman aged before reaching menopause.

Compared with women having late menopause, those with menopause at 40-44 are 2.4 times more likely to develop T2D.

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