Menopause, the cessation of the menstrual cycle, is a natural part of aging in women. Defined as not having a period for at least a year, menopause occurs at an average age of 51, although onset can vary widely.
Refined carbohydrates — such as those found in white bread, white rice and sodas — may harm more than the waistlines of older women. New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking and early menopause are a dangerous combination that might shorten life span, a new Swedish study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 Swedish women who were followed for 16 years. Almost 6,000 women died in that period, and the team found that women who began menopause [...]
THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s more evidence that two classes of inexpensive generic drugs reduce the risk of death in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, a pair of new British studies find. The two classes of drugs — called aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates — can also be used together to increase the [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages. “Women have lower cardiovascular [...]
FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Besides being used to treat depression, [...]