New research supports a later onset of natural menopause when there is a high intake of oily fish, Zinc and Vitamin B6. The opposite seems to likely when the diet is high in refined carbohydrates.
Data from the UK Women’s Cohort Study (UKWCS), which had over 14,000 women participants, was used for this research. A health study and a reproductive history were given. A diet questionnaire was also filled out by all participants. A follow up questionnaire and another survey were given to the participants after four years. This allowed the researchers to determine that 900 women had experienced the beginnings of natural menopause. The diets of these participants were then assessed.
Researchers found that in women whose diet’s included high amounts of oily fish, there was a delay in the beginning of their menopause by almost 3 years. In women whose diet included high amounts of rice and refined pasta, their menopause was more like to begin a year and a half earlier than average. Additionally the study found that an association also existed between the antioxidant properties of Vitamin B6 and Zinc and a later onset of natural menopause. Women who experience menopause earlier than average have a greater risk of future unhealthy conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.
Further studies are needed to clarify how these findings may affect well being and health.
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