Article leaves out health effects of early menopause.

Posted by Steven Neese at Apr 06, 2011 07:00 AM |

A recent article published in The Telegraph reported on a study that described a relationship between perfluorocarbon (PFC) exposure and menopause. The study found that women of both perimenopausal (42 to 51 years old) and menopausal (51 to 65 years old) age were more likely to have experienced menopause if they had higher blood levels of PFC’s.

The article highlighted the mechanisms by which PFCs may produce a toxic effect, but failed to discuss the potential ramifications that early menopause would have on women’s long-term health. Several health risks associated with menopause are heightened in women who reach menopause prematurely.

One such risk is a greater incidence of cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardivascular disease and death is higher in women who reach menopause before the age of 50.

Another important health effect is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Early menopause is associated with a lower bone mass later in life. Some researchers have also found women who experience menopause before age 45 are at a greater risk for more serious bone fractures, including hip and back, before age 70.

PFCs, which are used in the manufacture of Teflon and stain-repellent coatings as well as food wraps and other consumer products, are a pervasive contaminant in human bodies.

In women older than 42, the probability of having experienced menopause is higher if blood levels of PFCs were also high. In light of this study, specific coverage of the health risks associated with reaching menopause at an earlier age seems prudent.

 

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