Hot flush warning

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

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Women who suffer menopausal hot flushes and night sweats are at greater risk of hip fractures later in life, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. About 60 per cent of women experience hot flushes, which can last for several years. After menopause the body tends to break down old bone tissue faster than it can be replaced. But this is the first study to find that women with moderate or severe menopausal symptoms are more likely to have issues with bone health than their peers who have relatively few symptoms. The reason for the link is unclear but it is useful to recognise that your symptoms are a warning sign – so you can take lifestyle measures to reduce your risk of osteoporosis by avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, exercising, and getting sufficient calcium and vitamin D.

 

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