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Women who smoke may hit menopause about a year earlier than those who don't light up: Study

Women who smoke may hit menopause about a year earlier than those who don't light up: Study

Women who smoke may hit menopause about a year earlier than those who don't light up, according to a study that also notes an earlier menopause may influence the risk of getting bone and heart diseases. -- PHOTO: REUTERS (REUTERS) - Women who smoke may hit menopause about a year earlier than those who don't light up, according to a study that also notes an earlier menopause may influence the risk of getting bone and heart diseases. The study, which was carried in the journal Menopause, pooled data from several previous studies that included about 6,000 women in the United States, Poland, Turkey and Iran. Non-smokers hit menopause between age 46 and 51, on average. But in all but two of the studies, smokers were younger when they hit menopause, between 43 and 50 overall. During menopause, a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs and she can no longer get pregnant. 'Our results...

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