Study: Fitness Fiends More Likely to See Early Menopause

Lots of polyunsaturated fats in your diet can make a difference, too, researchers find.

By Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Want to be done with your period as soon as possible? Get more exercise. And eat more fish.

Reuters reports a Japanese study has found women who exercise a lot—think eight to 10 hours weekly— are 17 percent more likely to experience menopause earlier than their couch potato pals.

And those who eat more polyunsaturated fats—you know, the kinds you get from dining on fish and vegetable oils—are 15 percent more likely to hit the big M earlier, according to the news service.

What do these findings mean? Well, early menopause has been associated with lower breast cancer risks, Reuters reports, but then again, it’s also been said to up heart disease risks.

“The take-home message from this study is that regular physical activity and regular heart-healthy patterns are advisable for reducing the risk for several hormone-related cancers and osteoporosis,” JoAnn Manson, president of the North American Menopause Society, tells the news service. “It's a modest effect, but it matters.”

Who wants to meet us at the gym? We can go for sushi after. Promise.

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First Published October 12, 2011

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