Hot Flashes Are Early Warnings for Cancer, Heart Disease
Two independent studies – one from the National Institutes of Health and another from the National Cancer Institute – link hot flashes experienced by middle-age women to the onset of heart disease and breast cancer, respectively.
Experienced by 70-80 percent of American women, hot flashes are attributed to hormonal changes that come with menopause, and may occur as merely bothersome heat waves or as intense symptoms that disrupt normal functioning.
The NIH study shows that women suffering from hot flashes are at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population, as changes in brain chemistry affect the hypothalamus that mediates body temperature and blood pressure. The NCI study, on the other hand, indicates a 50% less chance of developing the common types of breast cancer for those experiencing hot flashes, making it a good, if a little unwelcome, part of women’s life.
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