Endocrine Today has compiled a list of the top 10 menopause news reports posted in 2018. This year, Healio.com/Endocrinology readers were interested in menopause’s effect on sleep, managing symptoms, chemotherapy’s effect on early menopause, and more.
Menopause brings additional complications to sleep disturbances
Women’s sleep in midlife can be influenced by general aging and menopause — often at the same time — but health care providers can learn to spot differences to more effectively treat patients. Sleep disturbances are common for aging men and women, but hormonal changes brought on by menopause are unique and can require different, or additional, forms of treatment.
Early menopause may shorten life expectancy, increase diabetes risk
Compared with late or normal menopause timing, early onset of menopause is associated with a shorter life span and longer duration of type 2 diabetes.
New advances in detecting, managing menopause: What PCPs need to know
Early menopause may intensify the typical symptoms and health risks of menopause, such as hot flashes, heart disease and early death. Detecting early menopause can help mitigate these symptoms and risks and aid in family planning in women who desire pregnancy.
Mindfulness may mediate menopause-related symptoms
Midlife women who practice mindfulness may experience fewer menopause-related symptoms and less stress vs. women who do not practice the technique.
Menopause may play role in CVD risk in older women
Aspects of CV health that are mostly affected by menopause include body composition and fat distribution, incidence of metabolic syndrome, progression of carotid intima-media thickness and accelerated lipid changes.
Lifestyle behaviors, race influence cardiometabolic risk during menopause transition
Consuming a healthy diet and being physically active can lower the risk for developing metabolic syndrome during the menopause transition; however, race is also associated with likelihood for developing the condition.
Nonsurgical premature menopause affects fertility in female childhood cancer survivors
Women who survived childhood cancer faced an increased risk for nonsurgical premature menopause, resulting in lower rates of live birth for female survivors in their 30s.
FDA permits marketing of diagnostic test for menopause status
The PicoAMH Elisa diagnostic test can now be marketed as an aid in the determination of a patient’s menopausal status, the FDA announced.
Chemotherapy increases early menopause risk for women with lung cancer
Among women with lung cancer, chemotherapy may elevate the likelihood of amenorrhea and early menopause.
Menopause worsens fatigue, muscle aches in women with HIV
Researchers at Columbia University found evidence that fatigue and muscle aches — two of the most common symptoms among patients with HIV — are exacerbated by menopause.