Friday, July 20, 2007

Smoking Can Cause Early Menopause

A newly released report indicates women who smoke are more likely to begin menopause before the age of 45 years, which puts them at increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Norwegian scientists have found that women aged between 59 and 60 years old were 59 per cent more likely than non-smokers to have undergone an early menopause. For the heaviest smokers, the risk of early menopause was nearly doubled. But women who had quit smoking at least a decade before menopause were 87 percent less likely than their peers who currently smoked to have gone through it early.

Personally, I’d much rather slip into an early menopause rather than develop lung cancer or heart disease as a direct result from smoking. The bottom line is SMOKING KILLS!!!

Other findings in the study indicated more educated women were less likely to go into menopause early, but they were also less likely to be smokers.
High social participation also cut early menopause risk.

The researchers found no link between coffee or alcohol consumption or passive exposure to smoke and early menopause risk.

I’m just wondering where all of this research was when my mother was suffering.

1 comment:

Carine said...

let's face it Bev, the last question you posed-our daughters' will be asking about where the latest research was for us!
And so it goes.