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Hot Flashes Linked to Heart Disease and Diabetes

Hot flashes are the most common symptoms of menopause. Not only are these “vasomotor symptoms” inconvenient and uncomfortable, hot flashes may increase the risk of health problems including heart disease and diabetes. Data was analyzed from over 150,000 postmenopausal women: 33% of the women had hot flashes, which was associated with an 18% increased risk of diabetes. The risk increased with greater duration and severity of hot flashes. When night sweats were factored in the risk of health problems increased even more in cases where the onset of hot flashes developed late into the menopausal transition. Menopause is a good time to change behaviors. We encourage a healthy diet, adequate sleep, exercise, and avoidance of smoking and alcohol to help to reduce symptoms and the risk of heart disease and diabetes.



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