Conditions for Menopause

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Some of the international researchers formed a team and discovered 13 new areas of genome which were connected with the timing of menopause. There are biological pathways which are involved in the reproductive span and these genes shed light on them thereby providing insights to the conditions which are connected to menopause, such as the heart disease and breast cancer. As women arrive in their 50’s, they experience a major hormonal change which is due to menopause. The timing of menopause has significant influence on the fertility as well as it influences the risk of an assortment of diseases like breast cancer.

Menopause, as defined by NHS UK, happens when a woman has not had a period for one year. After this point, she can be described as post-menopausal.

If the menopause occurs in a woman who is under 45 years of age, it is known as premature menopause. It is estimated that premature menopause affects 1% of women under the age of 40 and 0.1% of women under the age of 30.

It has been discovered that many of the genetic factors influence the onset of menopause but till date only some of the genes have been identified. As per a new study which got published in Nature genetics on 22nd January in the year 2012, few doctors from the University of Oxford and University of Exeter collaborated and scrutinized genomes of about 50,000 women. They acknowledged 13 novels genes regions which were connected with the onset of menopause and they confirmed that of these 17 four were already identified. Most of the 17 areas included such genes which were related to immune system or DNA repair/damage, while the others were connected with the regulation of hormone.

These novel findings throw light on such biological pathways which were not previously connected with the reproductive lifespan. They provide insights into the conditions associated with the menopause age, such as breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases, said Dr. Perry from University of Oxford. The authors also put forward that they expect the research to recognize the additional genes and assess the impact of these genes on associated reproductive disorders. The team of researchers is presently conducting a research on women who experienced menopause before 45 years of age. Their main objective was to determine if the novel menopause genes play a significant role in this clinically imperative condition which influences 5% of women. They say that menopause is a process which is experienced by every woman, yet people know little about what rules the timing of this important event in the life of a woman.



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