Why hot flushes and night sweats are a red flag

Health risks are particularly pronounced for those with late-onset symptoms

Menopausal vasomotor symptoms are associated with a significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly for women with night sweats.

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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.

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