• Early Menopause: Everyday Exposure To Chemicals

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    Women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

    AURORA, Colo. – Women who are exposed to certain chemicals are more likely to experience menopause at a younger age, according to a newly published study by a researcher from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

    The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, reports that women exposed to certain chemicals experienced menopause 1.9 years to 3.8 years earlier than women with lower levels of the same chemicals. Women exposed to these same chemicals were up to six times more likely to be menopausal than non-exposed women.

    Natalia Grindler, MD, an instructor and fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and her fellow authors reviewed data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2008, covering 31,575 women. The survey, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, covers a cross section of the U.S. population.

    The researchers evaluated the levels …

    For example, people may be advised not to microwave food in plastic, but it is unclear how much that might change their overall exposure to these chemicals.In addition to encouraging women to push for more research into which chemicals are being used, Conry offers the following advice for women hoping to limit effects of potentially harmful compounds: Eat less processed food, purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables – and make sure to rinse them thoroughly before eating. Please Read this Article at



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