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Menopause plus hot flashes equals high cholesterol

Apr 11, 2012, 6 a.m.

Menopause brings about many changes to the body and the dreaded hot flashes have even been linked to an increased risk for heart disease. A recent study reports that some menopause symptoms may be an indication of high cholesterol.

The study included around 3,000 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women who were considered to have a high level of hot flashes. Symptoms of high cholesterol, such as high levels of HDL, LDL, triglycerides, ApoE, and ApoA were accessed before and after the study. Results showed that these high cholesterol indicators were significantly higher in women who experienced hot flashes. In fact, the study indicated that women who had the most hot flashes actually showed the most symptoms of high cholesterol with their higher LDL levels.

In an effort to reduce symptoms of high cholesterol, perhaps try some supplements that are said to help women reduce menopause symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats. Black cohosh is a top choice, which is made from the root of this native North American plant. Flaxseed has also been shown in studies to reduce these symptoms. Of course making modifications to the daily diet is also said to have a positive impact on lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Since menopause is associated with symptoms of high cholesterol and added heart disease risk, this is an important time for woman to see a physician to have their cardiovascular risk assessed.

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