- November 25th 2011
Cholesterol levels increase sharply at the onset of menopause, which may elevate the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a study in the Dec. 15/22, 2009, Journal of the American College of Cardiology (content.onlinejacc.org/cgi/content/abstract/54/25/2366/).
The study indicated that early intervention by physicians could reduce this risk.
Researchers analyzed data from 1,054 women who participated in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. SWAN is a multisite, epidemiologic study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that has followed more than 3,000 middle-age American women since 1996.
The study indicated that regardless of women's ethnicity, the levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B were significantly greater around the year of the final menstrual period than levels before and after that time.
Author Karen A. Matthews, PhD, suggested that physicians order a lipid panel for their patients nearing meno [Read more]