First: Can we start a category for Women’s Health and Diabetes? I saw tags for pregnancy but we have more to our story than just that. There is a dearth of information out there for life processes affecting nearly 50% of diabetics and I think FUD can be at the leading edge of changing that.
Because I’ve searched for this information online many times and only ever come up with short threads on other web forums with no meat to the discussion…or super generalized blog posts with no actionable recommendations…and because I’ve never met an endocrinologist who understands that reproductive hormones can significantly impact basal rates or HOW they might do so…I want to try to get this discussion going or at least put what I know out there in case anyone ever finds it to be useful.
Female Cyclical Hormones and Rules of Thumb per my diabetic CDE:
-During Ovulation, about 25% of women see a spike in basal needs for two days.
-For 3-5 days prior to menstruation, many women need 25-50% more basal.
-After menstruation starts, most women see a 10% basal need decrease for the first day or two.
In the next post I’ll put my own specific basal percentages after the last four years of observation just for reference.
FOR ANY WOMAN (or anyone) reading this thread, please feel free to post your questions, your struggles, your examples. Figuring out all of the problem areas is Just AS Important as trying to nail down the answers.