Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh, this is nice--you can get hot flashes for up to 14 years

According to Pam Belluck, NYT, Feb 16, 2015, hot flashes, which affect up to 80% of women in the menopause years, can go on for up to 14 years--not the few years commonly thought. (JAMA Internal Medicine, Feb 16)

They studied 1449 women with frequent "night sweats" and found these went on for a median of  7.4 years.


Overall, black or Hispanic women seem to suffer them longer than white or Asian women.

If you get the flashes before your periods stop, you may be in for a longer siege. Those who get them also have more of a cardiovascular and bone loss risk.

Hot flashes creep onto your face and chest--slathering you with sweat and turning you crimson. Some women carry battery-operated personal fans.

One restaurant server said when she got a flash, she went and stood in the walk-in freezer.

Handy if you have one.

Obviously, these night sweats can also be day sweats.

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