Early Menopause, Shorter Life?

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Women who experienced early menopause (at age 44 or younger) typically had shorter lifespans and were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than women with average- or late-onset menopause, researchers say.

A study of 3,650 postmenopausal women in the journal Menopause found that the early menopause group lived 3.5 fewer years overall than those with late menopause (age 55+), and 3.1 fewer years overall than those with “normal” menopause (menopause that occurs at 45-54 years of age).

The study’s authors called for future research to better understand this association and help pinpoint prevention and treatment strategies that can help women’s health across all age categories of menopause.

Source: Menopause, the Journal of The North American Menopause Society