“Stress in humans is reflected by a high level of cortisol, which is reduced by exposure to greenspace,” read the study notes.
“Lower cortisol levels have in turn been associated with higher oestradiol levels, which makes it plausible that women with less stress, thus lower cortisol, might maintain higher oestradiol levels and therefore transition later into menopause.”
Women who worked night shifts more likely to have earlier menopause
Another study by experts at the University of Dalhousie in Canada found that women who worked night shifts were more likely to go through menopause earlier.
More than 800,000 nurses who worked the late shift over 22 years were analysed by researchers.
The risk of early menopause was found in those who worked almost two years of night shifts.
Working at night lowers the levels of melatonin, the sleep-hormone, which is believed to be important for ovaries.
“This is the first study into a link between rotating night shifts and age at menopause, and we found a moderate but significant link,” says Dr. David Stock, who led the study.
“For women who went through the menopause before the age of 45, shift work seemed to be particularly important.
“This could be due to disruption of their circadian rhythms, stress or fatigue, although more research is needed.”
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