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Insomnia and the Menopause – Oestrogen Decline and Mineral Deficiency

Insomnia is a well known effect of the menopause and it often related to those symptoms that can keep you uncomfortable at night. These include things like night-sweats, hot flushes, excessive tiredness (probably because you aren’t sleeping …!) and anxiety. As these symptoms are related to the decline in oestrogen, it then follows that insomnia which is caused as a result of either menopausal symptoms or the menopause itself will similarly be created due to the same drop in oestrogen levels.

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Osteoporosis could be reduced if more women were aware of the risk factors

Earlier this month the president of the European Foundation of Women and Health, told a meeting of clinicians who work with osteoporosis patients in Dublin that the number of cases of osteoporosis could be reduced if more women were aware of the risk factors and how lifestyle choices such as drinking, smoking, lack of exercise and lack of calcium could increase their chances of getting the disease.

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Conservation of the ovaries doesn’t prevent premature menopause after hysterectomy

Researchers at Duke University have reported in the December 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal that even when the ovaries are conserved in a partial hysterectomy, that this will not prevent a woman from experiencing a premature menopause, in fact it is possible that they double their risk of a premature menopause.

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DHEA Hormone may help to ease menopause symptoms and improve sex lives

A small study that took place in Italy by researchers at the University of Pisa may be indicating that supplementation with artificial versions of the hormone DHEA (a steroid hormone naturally produced by the body’s adrenal gland and used in the production of sex hormones) may be useful in helping to ease menopausal symptoms and improve the sex function.

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Is Menopause a Risk Factor for Developing Diabetes?

Levels of diabetes are increasing and so are levels of pre-diabetes/glucose intolerance. Some research has suggested that the menopause may be a factor, particularly the high levels of testosterone that some women can develop post menopause.  These high levels can occur post menopause because the other two female sex hormones reduce their production levels whilst testosterone remains roughly the same.

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Supplements For The Menopause

Supplements that are particularly useful for women going through the menopause can help protect against some of the dangers of oestrogen deficiency and help to relieve some of the more unpleasant symptoms. They include nutritional therapies, vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and amino acids.

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