Menopause

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,...

Middle-aged women 'feel less stress'

New research has suggested that the common belief that middle age is a difficult time for women may be untrue. A new study by postdoctoral student Elizabeth Hedgeman at the University of Michigan, US, indicated that perceived stress - defined as the capacity to cope with life's stressors along...

Strength training 'vital for older women'

Older women need to undertake muscle-strengthening and resistance exercises in later life in order to ensure they do not succumb to increased frailty as they age. This was the key finding of a study carried out at the University at Buffalo in the US, which was published in the journal Physical...

Later menopause linked with benefit to memory

Entering menopause at a later age may be associated with a small benefit to a woman’s memory years later, according to a new study. Study author Dr Diana Kuh, of University College London, UK, said: “This study suggests that lifelong hormonal processes, not just short-term fluctuations...

Menopause symptom severity ‘could predict heart disease risk’

The severity of menopause symptoms could help to predict whether a woman will develop cardiovascular disease (CVD). This is according to new research, published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Menopause is associated with a number of health issues,...

Menopause treatment reduces abdominal fat tissue

Undergoing hormone therapy treatment tends to leave women with less fat tissue than their peers who are also going through the menopause. This is the finding of a study that was carried out at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, which found a significant reduction in fat tissue around the...

Hormone therapy reduces abdominal fat in menopausal women

Women who take hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms tend to have less fat tissue, particularly in the abdomen, than other menopausal women, according to a new study by Lausanne University, Switzerland. Those undergoing this transition often find they are more susceptible to weight gain,...

Menopausal hormone therapy could benefit the brain

The brain could benefit from menopausal hormone therapy being administered soon after the menopause, a new study shows. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in the US carried out research on 75 healthy women with an average age of 53. They varied in being between five months and...

Post-menopausal women benefit from Mediterranean diet

A Mediterranean diet can have many health benefits for post-menopausal women, according to a new study. The research, which was carried out at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, found that bone mass and muscle mass were both improved in older women who ate this way. Post-...

New class of menopause drugs reduces hot flushes

A new class of experimental drugs can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women by almost three-quarters in just three days. This is the finding of tests conducted by scientists at Imperial College London, UK. They reported that the MLE4901 drug also reduces the severity of hot flushes by over a third...