26 May '11, 10am

Menopause age linked to when mum went through it: Study

NEW YORK - THE age at which women go through menopause depends a lot on when their relatives did, with women whose mothers and sisters went through it early likely to do the same, a study said. But the age of menopause is not entirely inherited, with a significant impact from so-called environmental factors - 'Genes have an important effect on age at menopause, but lifestyle also matters, and so women can affect their age at menopause by their behaviors,' added study author Danielle Morris at the Institute of Cancer Research in the United Kingdom. For instance, women who smoke tend to undergo menopause roughly one to two years earlier than former or non-smokers, while women who have never given birth also experience menopause earlier. According to the National Institute on Aging, the average age at which a woman reaches menopause, or has her last period, is 51. Ms Morris a...

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