Menopause

Probiotics reduce osteoporosis levels in older women

Probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton, according to a study by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The researchers found that among older women who received probiotics, bone loss was halved compared to women who received only a...

Young mothers 'at greater risk of hysterectomy and early menopause'

Women who become mothers while they are still adolescents may be at greater risk of experiencing an early menopause or undergoing a hysterectomy. This is according to a new study presented at the World Congress of Menopause in Vancouver, which examined the health histories of 1,047 women from a...

Menopause symptoms can last into later life

Menopause symptoms can extend into later life, well after menopause, new research has found. The researchers - from the Mayo Clinic, US - looked at data compiled from nearly 5,000 women to reach this conclusion. When they were asked by the researchers whether they experienced any symptoms commonly...

Sex hormone levels 'could affect heart disease risk in older women'

A new study has indicated that women's sex hormone levels could have an effect on their risk of heart disease in later years. The Johns Hopkins University research , published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has suggested that having a higher blood level of the male...

Strenuous exercise ‘can protect against height loss in later life’

Several key factors associated with height loss in postmenopausal women - an occurrence known to increase the risk of disease and premature death - have been identified. A new study by the University of Buffalo, US, looked at what women did when they were adolescents. It found that strenuous...

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,...