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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I am fast approaching the age of menopause, and I work with a few woman who forever complain about their hot flushes, sleepless nights etc.

What I want to know, is that by being gluten free has this made a difference going through menopause, and if so, in what way?

I did hear a while back, that white flour and white sugar were both bad for menopausal symptoms, so does this mean we will have only half as bad problems?

I am probably in the wrong forum for this, as looking at the photos posted a lot of you are quite young, and wouldn't even be thinking about this.

As another thought, I think being gluten free has made me more tolerable around the time of my period, and I don't have the cravings for chocolate like I used to.

Thanks for reading this.

Cathy

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I'm only six years behind you ... I started having hot flashes and night sweats at 39. They have almost completely gone away now, yet I was always cold when I was younger and now I'm always warm. I had a night sweat the other night, but that doesn't happen very often.

I have noticed hormonal changes since going gluten-free. I take my temperature every morning for natural family planning, my temperatures are more consistent and easier to interpret than they used to be. The other symptoms we check are also more normal. Also, I think I'm going through a second puberty! I had gotten almost completely flat chested ... I'm not how I used to be, but certainly better than I was!

Carla

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Thanks for that, that sounds encouraging.

I actually got my period this morning, and didn't realise it was around the corner, even though they are getting later and later.

I feel so much more balanced, emotionally. well mostly, unless I get glutened, then it is quite emotional.

I remember a few years back, I used to what I thought get hot flashes after eating my sandwiches, or what ever for lunch. I just put that down to getting old and approaching menopause. But the minute I went on a diet and controlled what I was eating, which inadvertanly meant a lot less gluten, I didn't seem to get the hot flashes, so that idea went out the door. This was all before I was diagnosed. Needless to say, by dieting my problems with gluten had abated quite a bit, but whenever I overate, as in chocolate or something very decadent I would be regretting it on the loo.

Maybe gluten can make your cheeks get hot.

Cathy

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Well, at 50 I am a good age to answer this. I started going through menopause at around 44. I can't say that my mood swings were from menopause or because I was sick all the time. Being sick makes you very moody. I did have hot flashes, my last hot flash was Christmas 02--my friends and I were having a party and I had the worst hot flash ever, but it was the last one. I had not had a cycle for over 2 years and then one morning, it started--lasted about 1 week and that was over 16 months ago and not one since--no hot flashes either. I am on the uphill side :rolleyes: . Deb

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I haven't reached that point yet...I'm 39. My mother had a horrible time so I hope that things do get better on a gluten free diet. I believe my mother still has hot flashes. She's been going through menopause for about 15 years now. I believe that is the only symptom she has left. I had thought I was starting menopause last year, early, after some off months. Turned out I was expecting. I've read that family age and patterns tend to be pretty much the same. Anyone else have a take on this.

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