20 January 2020- Females who experience premature menopause (menopause from the age of 35 to 45 years) are 3 times more likely to develop several chronic medical problems later in their age, (around their 60s).
It is already known that premature menopause is linked to a number of medical problems including cardiovascular disease (heart disease) and diabetes in the 60s.
However, there is not much information yet to support the possible link between the time of natural menopause and development multimorbidity, the condition of several medical conditions.
For the findings published in the journal ‘The Human Reproduction’, researchers at the University of Queensland followed more than 5,000 women aged 45 to 50 from 1996 until 2016.
It was found that about 71% of females who experienced premature menopause had developed multiple medical conditions by the time they reached 60 as compared to 55% of those females who experienced normal menopause ( about the age of 50-51 years). The research was conducted from the year 1996 until 2016 and included more than 5,000 females between the age of 45 to 50.
Additionally, it was stated that about 45% of females who experienced premature menopause (menopause from the age of 35 to 45 years) developed multimorbidity in their 60s as compared to 40% of females who experienced normal menopause at the age of 50 to 51.
Such females reported that they had been diagnosed with or treated for the 11 health problems:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Breast cancer
Females who had 2 or more than 2 of the above health conditions were considered to have multimorbidity.