A new Japenesse study has concluded that a healthy diet and exercise cabn actually lead to Early-Onset Menopause.
The study followed 3,115 premenopausal women over the course of 10 years and concluded that women who exercised between 8 to 10 hours per week were 17 percent more likely to start menopause than those women who never exercised at all.
According to AOL Health News:
"All of the women were between the ages of 35 and 56. During the decade that the study was going on, 1,790 of the women went through menopause. While the numbers aren’t surprising, the correlation between early menopause and what most would consider healthy lifestyle choices, was."
The other big surprise: Women in the study who ate healthy foods high in polyunsaturated fats like fish and vegetable oils, were 15 percent more likely to start menopause than those women who ate a less healthy diet.
AOL goes on to report that:
"Researchers have been quick to caution that these results do not prove direct causation, they may have something to say about cancer prevention. As JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., president of the North American Menopause Society explained both exercise and a diet high in polyunsaturated fats are lifestyle choices that minimize women’s exposure to high levels of estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen also mean a higher risk of developing breast cancer, which could explain why women who go through menopause later in life are also more likely to get these types of tumors."