Low weight can lead to early menopause

Low weight can lead to early menopause

Menopause is a condition when a woman's menstrual cycle stops and she is unable to conceive. Most of the symptoms associated with menopause actually happen during the perimenopause stage. Some women go through this without any difficulty, but some have symptoms that last for years. These symptoms are caused due to low production of female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Studies have shown that underweight women, who have lost 20 pounds or more at least three times between the ages of 18 and 30, are at the risk of developing early menopause, which is defined as a naturally occurring menopause before the age of 45.
Early menopause occurs in about 10% of women and is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as cognitive decline, osteoporosis and premature death. So it is important for women to maintain their body weight, without going for drastic weight-loss measures in their fertile years.
While obesity has long been tied to a host of ailments, being underweight can also lead to many health problems. Changes in hormones that occur when women are in their late 40s to early 50s are linked to triggering menopause.
The sedentary lifestyle of today that is characterised by excessive smoking, drinking, consumption of junk food, lack of physical activities etc, also has an important role to play in triggering an early menopause.
To avoid early onset of menopause, it is important to maintain your blood sugar and pressure levels and monitor your alcohol intake. Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of processed food. Keep a watch on your bone strength, exercise regularly, keep stress at bay and get enough sleep.

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