How Menopause Makes You Age Faster



Women who enter menopause early age faster than others, according to a new study.

“For decades scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes ageing or ageing causes menopause,” said Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, in Los Angeles.

“Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster.”

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Horvath analysed DNA samples taken from more than 3100 women in a 15-year study of post-menopausal women.

Measuring the biological age of cells from blood, saliva and inside the cheek, Horvath and his team were able to pin down the relationship between chronological age and a woman’s biological age.

“Menopause speeds up cellular ageing by an average of 6%,” said Horvath.

Woman who entered menopause at 42 would on average be biologically a year older eight years later than women who began menopause at 50.


Source: Times Live

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