Women's diets 'can affect age of menopause onset'

A new study from UK researchers has revealed that women's diets may play an influential role in determining when they start feeling the effects of the menopause.

The University of Leeds research examined the link between diet and the onset of menopause in more than 14,150 British women, revealing that a high intake of healthy foods - such as oily fish and fresh legumes like peas and green beans - was associated with a later menopause onset.

By contrast, heavier consumption of refined white pasta and rice was shown to be more frequently associated with an earlier menopause, suggesting that individual nutrients have varying effects on this key aspect of women's health.

Prior research has shown that earlier menopause is associated with lower bone density, osteoporosis and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, while later menopause can be linked to a higher risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Study co-author Janet Cade, professor of nutritional epidemiology and public health at the University of Leeds' School of Food Science and Nutrition, said: "A clear understanding of how diet affects the start of natural menopause will be very beneficial to those who may already be at risk or have a family history of certain complications related to menopause."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846508-ADNFCR