The number of women living to age 90 in the United States has increased significantly in the past century. Currently estimated at 1.3 million, this demographic is expected to quadruple by 2050. A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found women who experience menopause later in life may have increased chances of surviving the nine decades.
The study is the first to evaluate the association of reproductive factors with survival to a specific advanced age. A group of 16,000 ethnically diverse women were followed over a 21 year-long period. Research has revealed that women who reached menopause at age 50 or older had an increased likelihood of living to 90 years old.
The findings reveal a clear link between overall health status and age at which menopause will be experienced. As explained by Dr Aladdin Shadyab from the UC San Diego School of Medicine, “factors such as smoking and lifestyle conditions like diabetes can damage the cardiovascular system and ovaries, which can result in earlier menopause.”
Consequently, women with later menopause and a longer reproductive lifespan may have decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases.
So how do we delay the onset of menopause to increase our likelihood of living to age 90?
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