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August 26, 2008

Menopause and Race

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 10:53 pm
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A woman’s race and ethnicity appear to be important predictors of the age at which she will enter menopause, study findings hint.

Compared with non-Latina White women, natural menopause appears to occur at an earlier age among Latina women and a later age among Japanese-American women, according to Researchers.

Age at natural menopause among African American and Native Hawaiian women appears similar to that of non-Latina White women.

Further analyses that factored for smoking, age at menstruation, number of births, and body weight did not significantly alter the race/ethnicity differences in start of menopause seen in the study, the investigators note.

Nonetheless, smoking was still associated with earlier menopause, as was earlier age at menstruation, lower number of births, and lower body weight.

The findings support the hypothesis that genetic factors are important, perhaps alone or in combination with lifestyle or reproductive factors.

1 Comment »

  1. This sounds like it could really be diet related. It could be the soy in Japanese women’s diet that dictates when they go into menopause (soy = estrogen). Hmmm… This is an interesting topic! Here’s an article about soy and women’s health/menopause: http://www.womentowomen.com/nutritionandweightloss/healthbenefitsofsoy.aspx

    Comment by Jacqueline — September 1, 2008 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

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