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Another Menopause Side Effect: Shortness of Breath?

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – As if hot flashes and night sweats weren't enough, a new study suggests that a woman's lung function seems to decline during menopause. As their periods stop, women could find themselves becoming short of breath, said study author Kai Triebner, a graduate student in epidemiology at the University of Bergen in Norway. "Women are living longer and, therefore, many years beyond menopause," Triebner said. "Our study highlights the importance of maintaining respiratory health long after the menopausal transition." The researchers found two aspects of lung function in particular that declined in menopausal and postmenopausal women. These functions were: forced vital capacity – a measurement of lung size; and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) – a measurement of how much air a person can forcefully blow out in one second. The reductions in performance, ... Read more

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Menopause Before 40? Risk of Broken Bones May Be Higher

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Women who undergo menopause before age 40 are more likely to get broken bones, and a new study suggests calcium and vitamin D supplements won't eliminate the extra risk. Researchers were disappointed by the finding because supplements and hormone replacement therapy have been thought to improve bone health. The researchers were led by Dr. Shannon Sullivan, medical officer from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They examined the medical records of almost 22,000 women who took part in the Women's Health Initiative. This 15-year study, by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reviewed the most common causes of poor health and death among postmenopausal women. The study team found that those women who entered menopause before age 40 had a significantly higher risk of broken bones than those who did later, regardless of the treatments they tried. On average, ... Read more

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Memory Can Fade After Menopause

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – Middle-aged women can remember more than men their own age, but new research suggests that memory may fade as estrogen levels drop during menopause. Memory loss is a common age-related complaint, affecting up to 75 percent of older people, the study's authors explained. The researchers noted that many women going through menopause report being more forgetful, though they still outperform men on memory tests. "Brain fog and complaints of memory issues should be taken seriously," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). "This study and others have shown that these complaints are associated with memory deficits," she said in a society news release. The study by Harvard Medical School researchers was led by Jill Goldstein, a professor of psychiatry and medicine. It included 212 men and women, between 45 and 55 ... Read more

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Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

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Researchers Identify Genes Linked to Hot Flashes

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Some women may be genetically predisposed to suffer hot flashes before or during menopause, a new study suggests. A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles says it identified gene variants that affect a brain receptor that regulates the release of estrogen. These variants increase the likelihood that women will experience hot flashes, the researchers said. "No previous studies have focused on how variants in women's genes may be linked with hot flashes, and these results were highly statistically significant," said principal investigator Dr. Carolyn Crandall, a professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at UCLA. "These associations were similar across European-American, African-American and Hispanic-American women, and they persisted even after we accounted for other factors that ... Read more

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More Evidence Menopause 'Brain Fog' Is Real

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Those memory lapses many women notice around menopause are real, and they can begin at a relatively young age, researchers report. It's common for women going through menopause to complain of what researchers sometimes call "brain fog" – forgetfulness, and difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly. And while those complaints are subjective, a number of studies have also shown they can be objectively detected. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston said the new study builds on that objective evidence. It found that, yes, a woman's performance on certain memory tasks tends to dip as her estrogen levels drop – and it happens during the average age range of menopause: 45 to 55. Menopause is defined as when a woman's menstrual period stops, confirmed when she has missed her period ... Read more

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For Many Women, Sex Gets Better at Midlife

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Here's good news for middle-aged women who fear their sexual satisfaction is destined to decline: Aging can provide benefits that might make lovemaking even more enjoyable, a small study suggests. Interviews with more than three dozen women ages 45 to 60 revealed that some were more satisfied with sex at midlife even though they had it less often. These women "felt more confident and more comfortable in their own skin as they got older, and this allowed them to feel more free in the bedroom," said study lead author Dr. Holly Thomas. "They had a better knowledge and understanding of their own bodies as they got older. And they felt more comfortable and empowered to communicate their sexual needs to their partner than when they were younger," said Thomas, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Other research has examined the rates of ... Read more

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Hot Flashes, Mood Woes?

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Women who believe they have a lot of hot flashes during the night may be more likely to experience mild depression during menopause, a new study suggests. The study included 29 healthy, premenopausal women, aged 18 to 45, who were given a drug to reduce estrogen levels and mimic menopause for four weeks. Those who believed they had frequent nighttime hot flashes were more likely to develop mild symptoms of depression than those who thought they had few or no nighttime hot flashes. But the actual number of hot flashes was not linked with mood changes. Sleep interruptions were also associated with a higher risk of depression symptoms. Daytime hot flashes had no effect on mood, according to the study published online Sept. 28 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "When women were awake long enough to later recall nighttime hot flashes, that ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving more than 300,000 women. The investigators compared women who were younger than 45 at the start of menopause with those who were aged 45 and older when it began. Overall, heart disease risk appeared to be 50 percent greater for the women who were under 45 when menopause began. Early menopause also appeared to boost the risk of cardiovascular death and death from all causes. But, it showed no association with stroke risk, the study authors said. However, the study only uncovered an association – not a cause-and-effect connection – between early menopause and heart and death risk. The study findings were published Sept. 14 online in JAMA Cardiology. "These findings ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Heart disease risk factors – such as abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – appear to increase before a woman goes through menopause, not after, new research finds. "These risk factors related to heart disease and stroke appear to worsen rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, and during the postmenopausal period they progress less rapidly," said Dr. Mark DeBoer, the study's senior author. He's an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia. In the past, he said, experts believed that a rapid increase in heart disease and stroke risk factors took place in women after menopause. They thought this was when women "catch up" to men's risk. However, the new research finds the rapid increase in risk factors starts well before the last menstrual period. The real danger zone, DeBoer's team concluded, was before ... Read more

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Later Start, Finish to Menstruation May Extend Women's Lives

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Women whose periods begin later and who experience menopause later in life are more likely to live to be 90, new research suggests. "Our study found that women who started menstruation at age 12 or older, experienced menopause, either naturally or surgically, at age 50 or older and had more than 40 reproductive years had increased odds of living to 90 years old," said study author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the department of family medicine and public health at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Shadyab said his grandfather lived to the ripe old age of 102. And that's what started his interest in researching longevity. The new study included a racially and ethnically diverse group of over 16,000 American women who were part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. Fifty-five percent of these women lived to age 90. "Our team found ... Read more

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Menopause Hastens Aging, Studies Suggest

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – Menopause, and the insomnia that often goes along with it, can speed aging in women, two new studies suggest. "For decades, scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes aging or aging causes menopause," said Steve Horvath, senior author of both papers. "It's like the chicken or the egg: which came first? Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster," said Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his colleagues said they found that menopause boosts cellular aging by an average of 6 percent. "That doesn't sound like much, but it adds up over a woman's life span," Horvath added in a UCLA news release. For example, a woman who began early menopause at age 42 would be a full year older biologically at age 50 than a woman ... Read more

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Menopause: Not All Hot Flashes Are Created Equal

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – The hot flashes and night sweats of menopause don't play out the same for all women, new research shows. Almost 80 percent of women do get hot flashes, night sweats or both during menopause, the researchers found. But the timing of these symptoms and how long they last appear to vary a great deal, with factors such as body weight, race, education and dietary habits tending to predict the patterns. "We used to think these symptoms lasted from three to five years, right around the time of the final menstrual period," said senior study author Rebecca Thurston. She is director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. "We now know that these symptoms persist for far longer – typically seven to 10 years – and occur at different times for different women," she added. Thurston's team followed nearly 1,500 women as they transitioned ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy Won't Help Memory After Menopause

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Women who take estrogen after menopause may believe it helps them maintain their memory and thinking skills, but a new study suggests they are mistaken. Researchers found no change in mental ability associated with estrogen therapy among women who used it after menopause, no matter when they started taking it. "There is no important benefit, there is no important risk cognitively associated with the use of hormone therapy over at least five years," said lead researcher Dr. Victor Henderson. He is a professor of health research and policy, and neurology and neurological science at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, Calif. "If a postmenopausal woman is considering taking hormone therapy with the thought that it might improve memory or other aspects of cognition, she should know that there is no evidence that it does benefit cognition," he said. ... Read more

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Lifestyle Change May Cut Risk for Women With Breast Cancer Genes

Posted 26 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests. In fact, lifestyle might be especially powerful for women at relatively high genetic risk of breast cancer, researchers found. "Those genetic risks are not set in stone," said senior researcher Nilanjan Chatterjee, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The study found that four lifestyle factors were key: Maintaining a healthy weight; not smoking; limiting alcohol; and not using hormone therapy after menopause. The researchers estimated that if all white U.S. women did those things, almost 30 percent of breast cancer cases could be avoided. And a majority of those averted cancers would be among women at increased risk because of family history and the gene ... Read more

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