Risk of Hot Flashes High in Female Smokers Who Have Gene Variant

by Kathy Jones on  May 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM Women Health News
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A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that women who are heavy smokers and have a specific gene variant had a higher risk of experiencing hot flashes once their reach menopause compared to non smokers.
 Risk of Hot Flashes High in Female Smokers Who Have Gene Variant
Risk of Hot Flashes High in Female Smokers Who Have Gene Variant

Researchers at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania observed nearly 300 women approaching menopause over a period of 11 years.

The researchers found that those smokers who had specific genetic variants, single nucleotide polymorphisms, were more likely to experience hot flashes compared to non smokers or those without the genetic variant.

"Women who smoke and carry a particular gene variant may benefit from aggressive targeted approaches to smoking cessation, especially if they know that smoking is a significant contributor to their menopausal symptoms", lead researcher Dr Samantha Butts said.



Source: Medindia

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