Age of Menopause

The average age of menopause is 51.4 years old. This age does run in families, and anything from 45-55 is normal. The age of menopause is remarkably consistent from culture to culture suggesting that it is not our diet that is responsible. For most women the hot flashes and moodiness can be the first sign, for others it's weight gain or vaginal dryness. On average women gain 8-15 pounds in the first two years of menopause! To combat this perimenopausal gain nutritionists suggest keeping fat in your diet to less than 20%. Women who have very late menopause tend to having higher density of bones, very slightly over women who had earlier menopause. Some data also links your age of menopause to whether you consume milk. Most researchers,however, consider this a 'risk marker' rather than the actual 'risk factor,' as to the age of menopause. However, there is an extra 2.8% increase in probability of developing breast cancer for each year menopause is is delayed. For factors that might increase or decrease your personal age of menopause, consider a consultation with your gyno!

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