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The Shocking Downside For Women Who Are Ultra Slim
Other conditions which can increase the risk of early menopause
Being super-slim is not the only condition that can contribute to early menopause. There are other issues as well – some medical and some lifestyle.
Here are a few of the most common issues:
- Studies have linked eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia to the earlier onset of menopause.
- A British Medical Journal study showed that smokers, or even passive smokers, may also go through menopause one or two years earlier than those who are smoke free.
- Autoimmune disease causes malfunction of the immune system and begins to attack body tissue, which may possibly include the ovaries and estrogen receptors, putting them prematurely out of operation.
- The biggest issue which can lead to immediate menopause and post-menopause, is to surgically remove the ovaries. This can be as a result of a severe condition such as endometriosis, ovarian cancer, or a serious infection of the ovaries from a sexually transmitted disease.
- Women who are heavy drinkers may find that their periods become irregular to the extent that they eventually completely stop. This can also lead to early menopause, due not so much to alcohol damage, but more because of a poor diet and poor nutrition which affects the hormonal system.
- Women who live under continuous stress conditions, especially those who are under constant economic hardship, are 80% more likely to suffer early menopause. This somewhat unusual revelation is a result of a study conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health.
Research has shown that early menopause risks need to be taken seriously, and the implications for a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as other health issues, should be discussed with a medical professional.
More research needed
Although some causes of early menopause may be obvious because of medical issues, there is also evidence that you really can be too thin which may have an impact on the timing of early menopause.
However, more research is needed to establish just exactly how being underweight increases the risk of early menopause.