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    Can menopause speed up aging?
    editor_morgan posted:
    The answer, according to two new studies, is yes.

    Click on the link below learn more about which component of menopause contributes the most to the increased speed of women's aging:

    Please feel free to weigh in below.
    Anon_28855 responded:
    Well I guess I shouldn't be upset that at 46, I am nowhere near menopause. LOL!
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    I'll just add a couple of comments if I may. We don't have much control over when we go through menopause (except by smoking cigarettes, which definitely puts you into menopause one to two years earlier!-and we don't encourage any of that, anyway!). And we do know that early menopause is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and bone loss (but a lower risk of breast cancer.). So I just encourage everyone to eat a health diet and get lots of exercise every day if possible-so those things we do have control over certainly can be helpful!
    Mary Jane

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