Type 2 in Young Women Can Affect Periods
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in teen girls could also mean problematic periods, which could affect future fertility. Researchers surveyed a total of 190 girls ages 10 to 17 who’d been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past two years. When asked about their periods, 1 in 5 reported having irregular cycles, defined as having at least one period in the past year but three or fewer in the past six months. The girls with irregular periods tended to be heavier than those with regular periods. Taking blood glucose–lowering drugs didn’t seem to be a factor. There are treatments that can help, so it’s important to discuss with a doctor.
Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, published online April 24, 2018