Post Menopause Symptoms and Smoking – Important Findings from a New Study

by Laura Ramirez on September 6, 2011

Post menopause symptoms and smoking – ever wondered how lighting one up affects your body after menopause? Before I answer that, let’s talk about what you as a smoker are in denial about (if you are reading this article for yourself and not a loved one) because there is no question that you are taking your life into your hands every time you have a smoke. Cigarette smoking has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory failure and cancer, but how does it affect a woman’s hormones, especially after she’s gone through the change of life. Up until now, the relationship has not been clear.

Now a new study of 2,030 female smokers ages 55-81 years old finally has some answers:

A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that postmenopausal women who smoke have higher androgen and estrogen levels than non-smoking women, with sex hormone levels being highest in heavy smokers.

Previous studies have shown that high levels of estrogens and androgens are potential risk factors for breast and endometrial cancer as well as type 2 diabetes….

The study divided women into 3 categories: current smokers, past smokers and women who had never smoked. What it found was that estrogens and androgens circulating in the blood stream were much higher for current smokers, which increased their risk of chronic disease. The best finding of this study is for former smokers. The study found that women who had quit smoking 1-2 years previously had the same level of circulating androgens and estrogens as women who had never smoked. This means they lowered their risk of hormone-related disease significantly.

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Post menopause symptoms and smoking: it's never to late to quit.

This is great news for women worried about finding out the real truth about post menopause symptoms and smoking: if you quit, you will benefit and reverse the damage that has been done. Although mature women know that smoking is unhealthy for them, many continue because they figure that the damage is already done.

Spread this information to every female smoker you know by using the social media buttons below, especially women who are smokers or who have relatives who smoke. Quitting smoking even in your sixties, seventies and eighties does make a difference. And it makes the world a better place for all of us when more of the earth’s inhabitants are feeling good because they are actively taking care of their body temples. For a great way to quit smoking try Crave-Rx which reduces cravings and eases withdrawal symptoms with a unique formulation of natural herbs.

What do you think about these findings and their impact on postmenopausal women who smoke? Leave your comments below.

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