Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Oct 25, 2012, 02:52 PM IST
Menopause is dreaded by the women population worldwide and as if it wasn’t deadly enough an early menopause is deadlier as it increases the risks of strokes, heart diseases, bone problems and fatal brain haemorrhages. Imagine a chemical that would trigger an early menopause!
Phthalates are a group of common chemicals found in make-up, hairspray and food packaging, known to increase the risk of diabetes, cancer and obesity. Researchers at the Washington University have now found out that they may also lead to an early menopause as reported by the Daily Mail.
Researchers believe that these chemicals may be disrupting women’s reproductive systems. Women exposed to these chemicals may have their period 2-3years sooner than the normal time, depending on the dosage of the exposure. The normal age for women hitting menopause is 51, whereas the women who were highly exposed were hitting it at 49. It was even said that some women might hit menopause 15 years early, in their mid-thirties.
Dr. Natalia Grindler of the Washington University said, “There is a lot that we don’t know at this point, our research is still preliminary, but it’s enough to suggest it is having a detrimental impact in the long term.”
She could not explain why some women were exposed to higher levels of these chemicals. It may be that they wore more make-up, drank bottled water or ate more packaged foods. The study was presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine`s conference in San Diego, California.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but it is a fact that the face is the first thing that catches the eye. Women throughout the world have been treating themselves to a wide assortment of products. This study has the ability to change all that.