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Posted on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:26

Smoking triggers early Menopause

By Destination Santé and The Africa Report

Early menopause is not a particularly welcoming thought among many women, especially due to the many uncomfortable symptoms that characterise it.

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But whilst menopause is to be expected from a certain age, cigarette smoking can affect a woman's metabolism and trigger early menopause.

With its anti-estrogenic effect, smoking affects the functioning of the ovaries and increases the length of time needed to conceive a child while triggering early menopause at least one to two years before it is due.

On average, smoking increases the chances of early menopause before the age of 45, thus considerably reducing the child bearing age.

But, the earlier a woman stops smoking, the greater protection she has against this premature arrival of the menopause.

And apart from its carcinogenic characteristics, a new study carried out in the United States has thrown an even better light on the time needed for cigarette smoking to cause damage.

According to a study carried out at the University of Minnesota, in the United States, it takes a single cigarette to open a person to the risk of lung cancer. "Less than 30 minutes" after a first cigarette puff, the study suggests.

Polycyclic hydrocarbons contained in tobacco go to work and attack cells' DNA almost immediately after a smoker inhales his or her first cigarette smoke.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:37

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