Research has shown that women who suffer from early menopause are three times more likely to suffer from chronic health problems early in life.
The study found that those women who have menopause before the age of forty, are more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, strokes, asthma and breast cancer.
The researchers followed from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, 5107 women for two decades beginning in 1996, when they were between 45 and 50 years old, 119 of them experienced early menopause.
Study participants filled out a questionnaire about their health conditions every three years, until 2016, when they were between 65 and 70 years old.
The study sought to see if there was a link between early menopause and the development of two or more health problems, such as aging women.
The questionnaire asked about 11 health conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, anxiety and breast cancer.
The study found that 71% of women who experienced early menopause had two or more of these health conditions, known as multimorbidity, which occurs to a person at the age of sixty.
This compared to only 55% among women who experienced menopause at the age of 50 and 51 years.
After adjusting for other factors that could influence the results, researchers found that women who experienced early menopause were 60% more likely to develop multimorbidity.
They were more likely to develop this condition after they reached the age of 60, compared to women who reached menopause between the ages of 50 and 51, according to the study published in the Human Reproduction magazine.
Professor Geeta Mishra, lead author of the study said: “Early menopause is associated with an increased risk of multiple diseases, even after controlling for previous chronic conditions and possible factors that may affect outcomes, such as whether or not women have illnesses, or childbearing, and the level of education , Body mass index, smoking and physical activity. ”
It is also known that early menopause is associated with individual health problems in an advanced age, as the loss of ovarian hormones affects the aging process in cells and organs, and increases the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions.
Source: Daily Mail