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4 Reasons Women Enter Menopause Late

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Though women typically go through menopause between age 45 and 55, there is no guarantee they will enter this stage within the average age range. In fact, many women experience menopause years after they turn 55. Palm Beach, FL, senior home care experts examine 4 of the common causes of late-onset menopause.

1. Obesity 

Many women are susceptible to late-onset menopause due to being overweight. The excess weight causes menstrual cycles to shift and leads older women to produce more hormones. When the extra fat in the body produces more estrogen and progesterone, menopause is often delayed. Women with a normal weight have an average BMI rate below 30. Your loved one will need to exercise on a regular basis and eat a well-balanced diet to remain physically fit, which can reduce her risk of late-onset menopause. 

2. Thyroid Disorders 

The thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism, and a malfunctioning thyroid can have multiple effects on a woman’s reproductive system, including menopause. The thyroid gland also secretes several hormones, which can delay the onset of menopause. To prevent late-onset menopause, your loved one will need to keep her thyroid gland healthy, which she can do by eating fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants and avoiding refined and processed foods such as instant oatmeal, packaged meats, pastas, breads, cookies, and cakes. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products can also lead to thyroid disorders and late-onset menopause. 

3. Genetics and Geography 

Many women have a genetic predisposition to late-onset menopause. If a woman goes through menopause late, the chances of her female children having late-onset menopause are extremely high. Geography and culture can also cause women to experience menopause late. For instance, women who live in lower altitude regions are more likely to enter menopause later than those in high altitudes, though the reasons for this are still being researched. 

4. High Estrogen Levels 

Aging leads to a reduction in estrogen levels for most women. However, the body can still continue to produce high levels of estrogen regardless of age, leading to late-onset menopause. Hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body is the cause of menopause, and estrogen and progesterone are the hormones that enable menstruation and pregnancy. Your loved one can reduce excess estrogen levels by:

  • Changing her diet
  • Reducing antibiotic medications
  • Using safe household cleaners
  • Avoiding plastics
  • Staying away from hormone-laden animal products

After going through menopause, your loved one may be at higher risk for osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and other serious conditions. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to assist with exercise, prepare nutritious meals, and help with a wide array of other tasks, and we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia home care Palm Beach seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call 561.429.8292 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.