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Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked to depression. The researchers focused on estradiol. This is the main form of estrogen present during a woman's reproductive years. Estradiol affects levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that's involved in depression. Factors that might increase the length of exposure to estradiol include a younger age at first menstruation and how many menstrual cycles a woman has over her lifetime, the researchers said. This study of more than 1,300 women found that being exposed to estradiol for a longer ... Read more

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Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – The earlier a woman begins menopause, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Following almost 4,000 women in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers found that those who went through menopause before age 40 were almost four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women whose menopause was late – at 55 or older. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to the National Institute on Aging. Overall, the risk of developing diabetes fell 4 percent for each added year before menopause, according to the study. "Early onset of [natural menopause] is an independent marker for [type 2 diabetes] in postmenopausal women," wrote Dr. Taulant Muka and colleagues at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. Their results were published July 18 in the journal Diabetologia. The study doesn't show a direct ... Read more

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Many Women Mistaken on 'Side Effects' of Breast Cancer Drug

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Many women at high risk for breast cancer do not take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the disease, often because they confuse naturally occurring symptoms with side effects from the drug. That's the finding of a new study of nearly 4,000 women tracked for almost five years in the United Kingdom. One U.S. expert in breast cancer care wasn't surprised by the findings. "It is true that many women who take the drug are perimenopausal, and it appears that the symptoms the women experience may have nothing to do with the drug and are rather simply due to age," explained oncologist Dr. Stephanie Bernik. "This was already known by physicians, but it is always helpful to have a scientific report to back up the information you give a patient," said Bernik, who is chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Tamoxifen is used to treat women with any ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise During Menopause

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- When menstruation stops, your body changes in many ways. Exercise is important throughout every stage in your life, and menopause is no different. The American Council on Exercise says exercise after menopause: Helps reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, both of which are more common after menopause. Improves your mood, as well as reduces anxiety and depression. Helps you lose more belly fat. Helps strengthen your bones. Helps improve cholesterol and physical fitness. Read more

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Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – There's another downside for women who carry a lot of excess weight: more intense hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, new research suggests. "This study supports earlier studies that found that women who are heavier tend to have more hot flashes, particularly close to menopause," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. The study involved nearly 750 Brazilian women between 45 and 60 years old. Although the study didn't prove cause and effect, it found that women who were obese had more extreme hot flashes that interfered with some activities and took a toll on their performance at work. The study authors said their findings support an idea that's known as the thermoregulatory theory. This theory suggests that excess weight is linked to "vasomotor symptoms" – such as hot flashes and night sweats – ... Read more

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Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says. After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against the use of hormones – including estrogen and progestin – to prevent chronic conditions among postmenopausal women, including those who've had their uterus removed. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women first came under scrutiny in 2002, when a large U.S. trial known as the Women's Health Initiative abruptly halted a look at the benefits and harms of hormone therapy because it appeared to raise the risks of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and blood clots. Women typically enter menopause ... Read more

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Timing of Menopause May Affect Heart Failure Risk

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Women who entered menopause early or who never gave birth might have an increased risk of heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 28,000 postmenopausal women who did not have heart disease at the start of the study. During an average follow-up of about 13 years, just over 5 percent of the women were hospitalized for heart failure. Menopause usually occurs after age 45, but changes can start several years before a woman's periods end. In the study, earlier menopause was associated with increased risk of heart failure, and this link was stronger in women who had natural rather than surgical menopause. But the researchers did not establish a cause-and-effect link. Also, women who never gave birth seemed at increased risk for a type of heart failure in which the left side of the heart fails to relax as it should. This association ... Read more

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing Loss

Posted 12 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 – Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says. One factor is your age at menopause. An older age is tied to a higher risk of hearing troubles. And, a second factor is the use of oral hormone therapy to ease some of the symptoms of menopause. The researchers also found that the longer a woman used hormone therapy, the greater the odds of hearing issues. Hearing loss was already known to be more common in women after menopause, a time when natural hormone levels drop. Because of this, doctors had suspected that the use of oral hormone therapy might offer some protection against menopause-linked hearing loss, the researchers said. "The finding from this observational study that women who underwent menopause at a later age and used oral hormone therapy had greater hearing loss was unexpected but should lead to more ... Read more

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Cervical Cancer May Leave Lasting Imprint on Survivors

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Many cervical cancer survivors experience fatigue, insomnia and hot flashes years later, a new study reports. However, it's hard to know if these symptoms are caused by the cancer or by the treatment for the cancer, the researchers said. "In most cases, it is probably a combination," said study author Stephanie Smet, a resident in radiation oncology at the Medical University of Vienna. For the study, Smet and colleagues looked at nearly 1,200 women who were treated for locally advanced cervical cancer. The women were followed for an average of 27 months. The average age of the patients was 49, but their ages ranged from 22 to 91. During the follow-up period, 64 percent of the women reported fatigue at least once. Half of the women said they had hot flashes, and 43 percent reported insomnia. Most had mild to moderate symptoms, the findings showed. Severe or ... Read more

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Early Onset Hot Flashes May Signal Higher Heart Risks

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause – they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers tracked the health of 272 nonsmoking women, aged 40 to 60. Among women between 40 and 53 years of age, frequent hot flashes were linked to poorer function in blood vessels, the study found. This association was independent of other heart disease risk factors, noted the team led by Rebecca Thurston of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The link seemed restricted to the younger women in the study – there was no such relationship among women aged 54 to 60, the study authors said. One obstetrician/gynecologist called the findings potentially "groundbreaking." At least in those women who undergo menopause early, hot flashes "are not simply a bother, but herald potential ... Read more

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Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Women who suffered trauma and stress during their teens have a greater risk of depression during the years leading into menopause, a new study suggests. Depression is common during these midlife years, the period called perimenopause. But whether certain women might be at higher risk has been unclear. "Our results show that women who experience at least two adverse events during their formative years – whether it be abuse, neglect or some type of family dysfunction – are more than twice as likely to experience depression during perimenopause and menopause as women who either experienced those stressors earlier in life, or not at all," said lead author Dr. C. Neill Epperson. She's director of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "This suggests that not only does early life stress ... Read more

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Soy Safe, Even Protective, for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – The pros and cons of soy for breast cancer patients have been debated for years. Now, research involving more than 6,200 breast cancer survivors finds that those who ate the most soy had a lower risk of death from all causes during the nearly 10-year follow-up period. "We didn't find any harmful effects of women diagnosed with breast cancer consuming soy in terms of mortality," said study leader Dr. Fang Fang Zhang. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. "Overall, consuming higher levels of soy is associated with a 21 percent reduction in the risk of death compared to women who consumed soy at a lower level," she said. Concerns around soy's "risk/benefit" profile have arisen because the food has estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones. That's important, experts says, ... Read more

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Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – A poor diet while young may do more than just make it tough to fit into a pair of jeans: New research suggests it might also raise a younger woman's risk for breast cancer. "A diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and red and processed meat makes it more likely that you may experience early onset breast cancer," said study senior author Karin Michels. She is chair of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in Los Angeles. An unhealthy diet appeared to increase that risk by more than one-third, but the findings can't prove cause-and-effect, Michels said. "We are talking about a link or association," she noted. The study tracked data from more than 45,000 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II. All of the women completed food frequency questionnaires about their teen and early adult diets, and were followed up for 22 years. The ... Read more

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Belly Fat More Dangerous in Older Women Than Being Overweight

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – In older women, it's not excess weight that's deadly, but where those extra pounds collect that can shorten life, a new study reports. Among women 70 to 79, being overweight or obese didn't appear to cut years off life – unless the weight was centered around the waist. But being underweight also appeared to shorten life span, researchers found. "Abdominal fat is more deadly than carrying excess weight," said lead researcher Zhao Chen. She's chair of the University of Arizona's department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Public Health. While the study found that a large waist circumference is detrimental, Hispanic women were somewhat protected – they had lower mortality rates at any waist measurement or BMI level than white or black women. Chen added, "An older woman should be concerned when her body weight is below normal for her height, ... Read more

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Loneliness Often Plagues Black Women at Risk for Heart Disease

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Heart disease can be a heavy burden for anyone. But new research suggests that black women at risk for the illness are also more prone to loneliness and money worries than their white peers. That's important, researchers said, because there's evidence that loneliness can raise risks of heart disease and other health problems. Black women "at risk for cardiovascular disease [often] have unique predictors of loneliness" compared to white women, study author Karen Saban said in a news release from the International Stroke Conference. Saban is associate dean for research at Loyola University's School of Nursing, in Maywood, Ill. She was to present the findings at the stroke meeting in Houston on Tuesday. The new study included 50 black and 49 white postmenopausal women with at least two risk factors for heart disease. The women completed questionnaires outlining ... Read more

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