Aging, something we all learn to accept (eventually), are reminded of every birthday, and hits home during menopause. What many of us don’t realize is, that menopause actually speeds up the genetic process of aging. Recent studies have shown that women who had gone through menopause earlier in life, had more DNA methylation, which is an aging biomarker. These women were biologically older than women who went through menopause in their 50’s. Menopause can speed up your cellular aging by a whole 6% as per studies done at UCLA.
Where’s the good news here? Studies also show that hormone replacement therapy can counteract the affects of the menopause related aging process. Hopes are that in the future, women will have more options, and safer hormone replacement therapy that has fewer side effects.