Dr. Heward explains what he means when he says, "Menopause is the harbinger of death."
A harbinger is a sign of things to come and, for example, cardiovascular disease is pretty rare and almost nonexistent in women below the age 50, and at the age of 50 it begins to skyrocket and, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women as well as men.
So the first indication that you’re headed down the path towards old age and dying for a woman is the loss of her menstrual cycle, menopause itself. It’s a sign that youthful health and reproductive capacity is over. Mother Nature has no more use for you from a reproductive standpoint, and it's time to get you ready for the trash heap, and so, it really truly is a harbinger of death.
Sadly, if you think about it, menopausal women who are not on hormone replacement therapy, say at age 65, compared to a postmenopausal woman who is on hormone replacement therapy at age 65; you line up women that fit into those two categories of any ages, post-menopause and, everyone I know can tell you which person belongs to which group. It’s not hard because the women without the hormones look older, and the reason is, they decline faster.
About Dr. Heward, Ph.D:
Dr. Christopher B. Heward is past-President of Kronos Science Laboratory. His primary responsibility was providing scientific and technical leadership for all laboratory activities. He oversaw the development and implementation of the clinical laboratory testing program; assisted in designing and refining both internally and externally sponsored clinical studies; directed and coordinated diagnostic product research and development; administered laboratory and patient databases; was principal investigator for the Kronos Longitudinal Aging Study (KLAS); and communicated Kronos’ discoveries and advances to lay and scientific audiences via presentations and publications. Dr. Heward’s research interests included healthy aging, endocrinology, oxidative stress, Alzheimer’s disease, prion disease (TSE) and menopause. Dr. Heward attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts degrees from both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Chemistry, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Biology. He earned his PhD from the Department of Biology in 1981.
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