Why hot flushes and night sweats are a red flag
Menopausal vasomotor symptoms are associated with a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly for women with night sweats.
But only those with late-onset or postmenopausal symptoms are at risk, say the authors of the 20-year study of more than 150,000 US women.
The researchers report that hot flushes and night sweats experienced late in menopause are linked to an 18% elevated risk of diabetes.
This increases with severity and duration, independent of obesity.
None of the women in the study have a history of diabetes.