In fact the period before menopause is when these factors can have more of an effect, particularly for African American women.
A recent study published in the American Heart Association journal monitored 1,470 women over 12 years.
It showed that the five risk factors that are considered part of metabolic syndrome may have more of an effect than previously found. The five risk factors are increased waist weight, elevated fat and cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels that develop before menopause.
Mark DeBoer, M.D., MSc., M.C.C., is the study senior author and an association professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Based on the researchers' findings, he had some recommendations.
DeBoer stressed that it's essential for women around the time of menopause to alter their lifestyles. That will reduce their risk for experiencing metabolic syndrome effects, Health Newsline reported.
The researchers said that if women worked hard to maintain a healthy weight, monitored their cholesterol and blood pressure levels that these behaviors might help offset the risk to their heart health.
Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s health care and quality of care issues.
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