Yet Another Reason To Quit

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Yet Another Reason To Quit
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Researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway recently published a study in the BMC Public Health online journal reporting that women who smoke cigarettes are more likely to experience early menopause (which also gives them an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease).



The researchers studied over two thousand women between the ages of 59 and 60 and found that the women who smoke were 59 percent more likely than the non-smokers to undergo early menopause. This number nearly doubled for the heaviest smokers in the test group.

The new study reports that women who quit smoking at least ten years before menopause were 87 percent less likely than the current smokers to have experienced early menopause. The earlier women were able to quit the less chance they had of hitting menopause before age 45.

The team of researchers also found that those exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis may be at heightened risk of going through an earlier menopause. Widows and women who described themselves in poor health were more likely to experience premature menopause. Whereas, socially active and well-educated women usually did not hit menopause until later.

So what does experiencing early menopause mean to a woman who smokes? According to an article published in Main Line Health, women who smoke are at a greater risk of experiencing more intense symptoms of menopause than those who do not smoke.

The article also discusses fragile bone risk (osteoporosis) from early menopause. Dr Lisa Freedman writes, "If you are a woman who smokes than you are 35 percent more likely to break your hip after menopause than if you did not smoke."


What do you think of this new study linking early menopause to cigarette smoking?

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  • freebiequeenbee By freebiequeenbee
    08.29.07  

    I had a heart attack on Mother's Day, I am 51 years old. The damage is so severe to my heart, I am left with only 25% of my heart capacity. For those who think that smoking does not cause Heart disease I am proof it does. I am scheduled for an ICD implant, a device that shocks my heart if I go into defib again. Not a prospect to look forward to, as I have a chance to die on the table. But without it I will surely die. My diagnosis is 'Sudden Death' meaning my heart can stop anytime with no warning.

    Also ladies, heart attacks need NOT give you chest pains. My symptoms were pain in the ear canal that gravitated to under my jaw. Then I began to choke to death and turn blue.

    Those cigarettes aren't worth losing your life over. I have a grand baby, my first due any day now, and I fear I will not be around to see her grown up.

    Heartbreaking but my fault entirely.

    I have not smoked since, but couldn't even if I wanted to. I can't inhale anything without turning blue and choking.

    I also started menopause early at the age of 40. I stoppped having periods entirely by 41, never had another one.

  • migirlfriday By migirlfriday
    08.29.07  

    I will have to agree with the findings. I am in perimenopause right now and I am 38. My family does seem to have a history of starting early and I am sure that smoking does intensify the symptoms just from other women I have talked to about it.

  • PARTYOF6 By PARTYOF6
    08.25.07  

    I had smoked on and off for thirteen years. I quit when I was pregnant and nursing but I just couldn't stay away after my babies were weaned. All the energy I spent finding the time to sneak outside for a smoke was just plain stupid. We went on a family vacation in June and I told my husband that I was not going to smoke the whole ten days we were out of town. Of course he supported me. The vacation was what I needed to break the everyday routine and when I got home it was actually easy to give up smoking. I tried to change the everyday schedule that I had going so it wasn't easy to take the five min. to go outside to have a smoke. I feel so good and I am proud of myself. I LOVE not smelling like an ash tray!

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