Hot flushes and chronic illness

Hot flushes in the menopause are not so benign as many people think. The evidence is accumulating that they should be treated, preferably with oestrogen, in order to avoid further disease in the future.
Climacteric. 2017 Apr 28:1-7. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2017.1315089. [Epub ahead of print]

Vasomotor symptoms in menopause: a biomarker of cardiovascular disease risk and other chronic diseases?

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a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology , University of Torino School of Medicine, Ospedale Mauriziano Umberto I , Torino , Italy.
b Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics Unit , Azienda Policlinico of Modena , Modena , Italy.
c Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology , Pisa University Hospital , Pisa , Italy.
d Department of Woman and Child Health , Policlinico Gemelli Foundation , Rome , Italy.
e Cardiovascular Gynecological Endocrinology Unit, Cardiovascular Endocrinology and Metabolism Department , Italian National Research Council – Regione Toscana “G. Monasterio Foundation” , Pisa , Italy.
f Research Center for Reproductive Medicine, Gynecological Endocrinology and Menopause, IRCCS S. Matteo Foundation, Department of Clinical, Surgical, Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences , University of Pavia , Pavia , Italy.


Menopausal disorders may include shorter-term symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms, VMS) and longer-term chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), osteoporosis, and cognitive impairment. Initially, no clear link between the shorter-term symptoms and longer-term chronic conditions was evident and these disorders seemed to occur independently from each other. However, there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that VMS may be a biomarker for chronic disease. In this review, the association between VMS and a range of chronic postmenopausal conditions including CVD, osteoporosis, and cognitive decline is discussed. Prevention of CVD in women, as for men, should be started early, and effective management of chronic disease in postmenopausal women has to start with the awareness that VMS during menopause are harbingers of things to come and should be treated accordingly.

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

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