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Can Our Diets Affect Menopause?

According to studies and research, high-protein diets may cause menopause to start at an earlier age, while eating certain foods may delay it for up to a year and a half.

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Can Our Diets Affect Menopause?

The University of Leeds have discovered through studies on over 900 women, diets which are loaded on fish, peas and other foods such as beans could delay menopause for up a year or more.


Diets which include heavy consumption of pasta and dishes involving rice are connected to early menopause occurrence in women but researchers and scientists have also explained how our genes and bodies also play a big factor as well. Experts also say that even though high-carb diets may contribute to early menopause, its unclear or undecided on how much of an effect diets have on menopause.

Published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the research study asked women about their dietary habits. Diets including peas, beans, and lentils had a connection to a delayed menopause while diets high in protein were linked to an earlier menopause. 


Janet Cade, a co-author of the study and a professor of nutritional epidemiology, said that depending on the age of which a woman begins menopause, it could have "serious health implications." She also went on further to say that "A clear understanding of how diet affects the start of natural menopause will be very beneficial to those who may already be at risk or have a family history of certain complications related to menopause."

Menopause that begins late and early has their own health risks. Women that go through menopause early are at a higher risk of heart disease, while women that go through menopause late are exposed to a higher risk of breast and womb cancer. Menopause specialist Kathy Abernethy said: "This study doesn't prove a link with the foods mentioned, but certainly contributes to the limited knowledge we currently have on why some women go through menopause earlier than others."


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