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The Younger You Get Hot Flashes, The Higher Your Heart Disease Risk

Hot flashes can be challenging for women experiencing menopause, but a new study finds that this symptom can also be a sign of heart disease. A study in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), reports that women who have frequent hot flashes between the ages of 40 to 53 are more prone to vascular problems that may lead to heart disease.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
Hot flashes are due to an increase in the levels of the eicosanoid PGE2 that rises as estrogen levels drop and insulin levels rise during menopause. This hormones is also implicated in arterial inflammation.  The best treatment for lowering PGE2 is a strict Zone Diet to lower insulin and 5 grams per day of EPA and DHA to lower production of that hormone. 

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