Female hormone changes ‘linked to heart disease risk’

30 June 2014

The hormone changes that happen during the transition to menopause can leave a woman at greater risk for heart disease, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

During this change, the quality of a woman’s cholesterol carriers degrades, which subsequently increases her risk of the disease.

The research team believe the findings call for further investigation into the changes caused by the menopause. They also suggest it adds emphasis on the importance of a healthy diet and exercise for women going through the transformation.

Dr Samar R. El Khoudary, lead investigator and assistant professor at the university’s Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, commented: “We found that lower levels of estradiol, one of the main hormonal changes that mark menopause, are associated with low-quality cholesterol carriers, which have been found to predict risk for heart disease.” curly

She claims the results of the research suggest there is value in using advanced methods to measure the changes in the quality of cholesterol carriers in women experiencing early menopause. This would allow doctors to recommend any appropriate diet and lifestyle changes.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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