07 Aug '16, 1am

Risk for Heart Disease Shown to Increase Just Before Menopause Hits

Risk for Heart Disease Shown to Increase Just Before Menopause Hits

Menopause doesn’t carry with it the same stigma as it did years ago. The “change of life” is an expected and normal phase of life for women, just like menstruation, yet some are quick to label it as an illness or as an abnormality in functioning. Truth be told, the body’s menopausal processes itself usually are not problematic (although they may be uncomfortable), but some risk does lie in other physical changes leading up to the shift. Researchers have known that metabolic syndrome is more common in post-menopausal women, but the symptoms seem to kick in a bit earlier. Metabolic syndrome accounts for a number of factors that put someone at risk for developing coronary heart disease, as well as diabetes or stroke. These include waistline circumference, high triglyceride levels, low HDL or “good” cholesterol, high blood pressure and high fasting blood sugar. The more factor...

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