Foods That Could Prevent or Cause Onset Menopause
Menopause is a natural body process, however, there are some women who get to menopause earlier than expected. If you hit menopause between the ages of 40 and 45, then it is considered to be premature or early onset menopause.
For some women, different treatments could be the cause while for others it occurs naturally. Early onset menopause is not ideal and could pose several health risks including heart disease, reduced bone density, lower sex drive, and more.
Risks of Early Menopause
Apart from affecting the quality of your skin, hair, and appearance, early menopause affects your overall health.
In addition to the common menopause symptoms including night sweats, hot flashes, lower libido, mood swings, fatigue, poor sleep, early menopause poses a greater risk to your heart and bones.
Heart related problems are varied and can range from heart palpitations to more serious diseases like coronary artery diseases that can greatly affect your quality of life.
Osteoporosis is a weakening of bones making them brittle and fragile. It leads to an increased risk of injuries and hospital visits.
Diet and Premature Menopause
There are several studies that have shown diets rich in carbs, especially refined carbohydrates like rice and pasta, could increase the risk of early onset menopause by approximately 1.5 years.
On the other hand, people who eat more oily fish and legumes (such as peas and beans) regularly experience delayed menopause by up to 3 years. This might be due to the higher levels of zinc and vitamin B-6 in their diet.
Although drinking alcohol has not been proven to increase the risk of premature menopause, excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine has been shown to increase other symptoms related to menopause. This includes reduced fertility.
Surprisingly, the same study showed that women who are on a vegan/vegetarian diet experienced earlier menopause than meat-eaters. People who had more meat in their diets experienced delayed menopause by around a year.
The Science Behind It
Oily fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are antioxidants. Legumes are also rich in antioxidants, which not only delay menopause but also help with some symptoms associated with menopause.
Carbohydrates on the other hand build up insulin resistance increasing estrogen in the body and this leads to premature menopause.
Although you cannot prevent menopause, you might be able to delay it by adding some of these foods to your diet. One surefire way of delaying menopause is hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is not only good for delaying menopause but will also help you deal with the symptoms that come with menopause.
At Angel Longevity, we have different hormone replacement therapies that could work for you. Talk to our qualified health professional to find out more about this and our other services to help you live longer.
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