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The Effect of Menopause on Heart Health

Heart health and menopause have long been linked, but understanding the link between estrogen, cholesterol and overall heart health is a key focus of current research!

In a nutshell, levels of bad cholesterol rise during menopause, and 10% of this increase is due to shifts in sex hormones. Thankfully, there are lifestyle factors that can mitigate this, and you can read more about that on our blog here. Previously, studies had looked at how hormone changes affected heart-disease-promotive levels of metabolites. 218 women were tested for this study, which linked heart health and female sex hormones specifically. They found that, whilst there was a decline, it could be managed via healthy eating, exercise, and BHRT.