If you are a woman, you have marveled at a distant star wondering what it is that you did to deserve the unpleasant (politely put) monthlies and later the burden of a profusely perspiring body, and mind. During menopause, most women will experience mood swings, hot flashes, sleep problems and night sweats.
While an average middle-aged woman will comfort herself believing that she still has more than just a few calendars to throw away before she starts circling her saddling days, there are a few unfortunate souls who would have to deal with premature menstruation. But, an early menopause is a cue to multiple changes in the body. Don’t know what? Take a look at 5 of these shifts in your body’s functioning.
Lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer
An early menopause implies higher circulating levels of estrogen. And, estrogen is a necessary hormone in deciding the prospective risk of breast and ovarian cancer in a woman. So, women who hit menopause early tend to have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer later. Moreover, ovarian cancer is related to the number of ovulations that a woman has. If you have fewer ovulations, you will lower your risk of experiencing breast and ovarian cancer.
You are ageing faster
When menopause happens earlier than the age at which it is supposed to, you know what that means: you are ageing faster. Telomeres are tiny structures that keep the DNA from damage and their length is what indicates a person’s biological age. The shorter the telomeres are, the more advanced the ageing is. According to a research that was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in October 2014, women who experienced menopause earlier were seen to have shorter telomeres and well as damaged genetic structures.
You are at an increased risk of heart disease
According to a 2014 study from the North American Menopause Society woman who has had an early menopause naturally before the age of 45 runs the risk of heart failure compared with those women who have menopause at 50+ years. High estrogen levels are linked to healthier levels of cholesterol, blood vessels, etc. This means that a significant amount of estrogen in the body keeps the heart protected against diseases. Therefore, an early menopause means that a person has fewer years left to reap the benefits of estrogen. The more a person is in the low estrogen state, the more she is likely to suffer a heart damage.
You could have been exposed to toxins
Those women whose urine and blood had been tested high for chemicals found in plastics, common household items, personal-care products and environment. These women hit menopause 2 to 4 years earlier than those who had lower levels of chemicals. Because a lot of the chemicals are uncontrollable such as the ones that are naturally found in soil, air and water. The researchers, however, also pointed out that every day chemicals like those used in cosmetics, chemicals from microwaving food in plastic containers, etc. Regardless of the method of exposure, the fact remains that toxins have an effect on the speed at which egg follicles get released and how severely they are damaged.
You are at a higher risk for bone fractures for longer
The more estrogen a woman has, the more she is protected against lowering bone density. While all women will have to deal with loss in bone density when they go through menopause, those women who experience early menopause will end up spending many more years with weaker bones compared with those who have menopause a little later. But that should not worry you, because you can live a healthy, active life to prevent the onset of low bone density.
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