WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 -- Heavy drinking may hasten muscle loss in older women, a new study warns.
Both aging and menopause can lead to loss of muscle mass and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Muscle mass loss typically starts in midlife, and progresses at a rate of 6 percent per decade, the researchers said. Usually, only three-quarters of midlife muscle mass remains after the age of 80.
WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 -- There's another downside for women who carry a lot of excess weight: more intense hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, new research suggests.
"This study supports earlier studies that found that women who are heavier tend to have more hot flashes, particularly close to menopause," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society.
FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 -- Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says.
One factor is your age at menopause. An older age is tied to a higher risk of hearing troubles. And, a second factor is the use of oral hormone therapy to ease some of the symptoms of menopause. The researchers also found that the longer a woman used hormone therapy, the greater the odds of hearing issues.
MONDAY, May 15, 2017 -- Women who entered menopause early or who never gave birth might have an increased risk of heart failure, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 28,000 postmenopausal women who did not have heart disease at the start of the study. During an average follow-up of about 13 years, just over 5 percent of the women were hospitalized for heart failure.
TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 -- Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says.
After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against the use of hormones -- including estrogen and progestin -- to prevent chronic conditions among postmenopausal women, including those who've had their uterus removed.