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Smoking makes menopause misery

by Margery Gass | Sep 19, 2012
There are so many reasons smoking is bad for you, but did you know it contributes to menopause misery? Here are reasons to quit now:
  • Smoking brings on menopause faster—as much as 2 years earlier in heavier smokers
  • Women smokers are more likely to have hot flashes more frequently and more severely than nonsmokers
At and after menopause, your risks of other conditions rises, and smoking increases the risk even more, including:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
But there’s good news:
  • Quitting smoking before menopause may delay menopause
  • Quitting cuts your risk of death, no matter how old you are when you quit

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Posts to our Blog are written by NAMS staff members and Dr. Margery Gass. All posts are reviewed and edited by Dr. Gass. We strive to bring you the most recent and interesting information about various aspect of menopause and midlife health. We accept no advertising for our website. We want you to have accurate, unbiased, evidence-based information. 

Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP
NAMS Executive Director

An internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause, Dr. Gass became Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society in 2010. Dr. Gass has been an investigator on numerous research projects, including serving as a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to menopause, including osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and hormone therapy.


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