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Study Finds Menopause May Increase Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. According to a new study, menopause may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Participants in the study included 12,611 women with an average age of 65 who took part in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Comprehensive Cohort. At the beginning of the study, 80% had undergone menopause and 20% were premenopausal. The researchers used data from the cohort study to determine the risk of metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women compared to premenopausal women.

Postmenopausal women were found to be more likely to have metabolic syndrome compared to premenopausal women, at 38.2% and 23.2% respectively. Postmenopausal women were also more likely to have a higher risk of impaired glucose tolerance, elevated blood pressure, and elevated triglycerides.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto. It was published online ahead of print on June 28, 2020 in the journal Menopause.

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