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Did You Know? Vitamin D Rich Diet Reduces The Risk Of An Early Menopause By 17%

Women can cut their risk of an early menopause by eating oily fish and eggs, a new study reveals.

A high vitamin D intake via food and supplements lowers the risk by 17 percent.

Vitamin D is thought to slow the ageing of women’s ovaries. Calcium-rich foods make women 13 percent less likely to suffer.

Around one in 10 women go through the menopause before the age of 45, increasing their risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, and reducing their chances of conceiving.

The US study, which included Harvard University, analysed 116,430 female health workers over two decades.

Their diet was recorded in food questionnaires five times over that period, during which 2,041 women entered the menopause.

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A woman set to have her menopause when she is 43 could be struggling to conceive from the age of 33.

‘Scientists are looking for anything that can reduce the risk of early menopause and things like diet, which can be easily altered, have wide-ranging implications for women.

She said: ‘There is really good laboratory evidence that vitamin D increases the production of hormones which slow down ovarian ageing and slow down the rate at which a woman loses her eggs. This is important because menopause comes when a woman has no eggs left.

‘Calcium, we think, could also influence ovarian ageing, because it is present with hormones in cows’ milk like progesterone, which may also help to reduce risk of early menopause.

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She said: ‘There is really good laboratory evidence that vitamin D increases the production of hormones which slow down ovarian ageing and slow down the rate at which a woman loses her eggs. This is important because menopause comes when a woman has no eggs left.

‘Calcium, we think, could also influence ovarian ageing, because it is present with hormones in cows’ milk like progesterone, which may also help to reduce risk of early menopause.

‘Women may reduce their risk of early menopause by eating foods rich in vitamin D and calcium, such as dairy foods and fatty fish.’

Our main natural source of vitamin D is sunlight, however, it also appears in oily fish, egg yolks and fortified cereals. Dairy products are not fortified with the vitamin in the UK.

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