May 12, 2010

Menopause Raises Cholesterol

Posted in Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 12:53 am by keepyourhearthealthy

Many women may already know that there is a significantly increased risk of heart disease once they enter menopause.  What they may NOT know is that menopause causes a sudden spike in cholesterol.  This certainly explains why the risk of heart disease increases!  A study of more than 1,000 women showed that nearly every single participant developed higher cholesterol within 2 years of menopause.  In fact, their bad LDL went up by an average of 10 points!

This study has brought about some important new information that could help some women lower their risk of heart disease.  Any woman who has begun menopause should see their doctor and ask for a cholesterol check.  If a woman’s LDL was only 140 before then it is likely to go up to 150 or higher within 2 years of menopause.  This means that either some serious lifestyle changes need to be made or a cholesterol-lowering medication should be started.  Working on lowering the cholesterol is extremely important in the setting of heart disease risk.

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