Smoking may lead to early menopause
July 20, 2007 (WLS) -- Women who smoke are more likely to go through early menopause and that may put them at higher risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
Norwegian researchers studied a group of more than 2,000 women.
They found that women who were currently smoking were 59% more likely than non-smokers to begin menopause before age 45.
However, women who quit smoking before starting menopause were less likely to go through early menopause. This research is reported in the online journal "BMC Public Health."
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