Menopause

Exercise ‘can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women’

New research has shown how regular exercise can help menopausal women lose weight and control symptoms such as hot flushes, even in women who previously led sedentary lifestyles. Scientists from the University of Granada, Spain, who carried out the research, explained that decreased oestrogen...

Women with early periods at risk of early menopause

An international study has linked early puberty and not having children with an increased risk of early menopause in women. The study found women who had their first period before the age of 11 were 80 per cent more likely to experience premature or early menopause, according to Professor Gita...

Menopause linked to decline in lung function

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research. An international group of scientists conducted the ‘Menopause is Associated with Accelerated Lung Function Decline’ study by analysing data from 1,438 women enrolled in the European...

Low doses of oestrogen ‘effective at relieving menopause symptoms’

A study has confirmed that low doses of oestrogen and progesterone therapy started early after menopause are effective at relieving many of the symptoms of the condition. The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), conducted by the Kronos Longevity Research Institute, US, also found that...

Hot flushes in menopause may have genetic link

Scientists have found that genetics may play a part in the hot flushes some women experience during menopause. Researchers, led by a team from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), US, have found more than a dozen common genetic variants that appear to have strong links to menopausal hot...

Research confirms role of menopause in memory lapses

New research has confirmed that menopause is linked to memory lapses in women. However, according to the research by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), US, reproductive stage, not just chronological age, can contribute to changes in memory and brain function. Studying women aged 45 to 55 -...

Acupuncture could reduce hot flushes in half of menopausal women

Acupuncture could reduce the frequency of hot flushes experienced by women going through menopause, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, US, the study found that eight weeks of acupuncture reduced the amount of hot flushes by...

Hot flushes at night linked to depression

A new study has revealed that menopausal women who experience hot flushes at night are more at risk of depression. The study’s first author Dr Hadine Joffe, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, said: "When women...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who enter menopause early could be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center (MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, looked at the effect of a woman’s age at the onset of menopause as well as its duration on certain...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who experience the menopause early are at greater risk of heart disease, according to new research. Scientists at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, have revealed that on average women who experienced the menopause before the age of 45 were 50 per cent more likely to...