Omega-3 supplementation during menopause

 
 
 

Metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions (high blood pressure, high blood glucose, high levels of triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol and too much fat around the waist) that increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, may occur in 40%-50% of postmenopausal women.

A person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn’t have metabolic syndrome, but having even one of these risk factors increases the risk for heart disease. So, we should try to control every factor in order to reduce the risk.

The probability of having metabolic syndrome is closely linked to overweight, and weight gain (particularly an increase in fat around the waist) increases in postmenopausal women, beginning a few years before the final menstrual period. Therefore, there is a risk factor difficult to avoid in this stage of our lives. Without doubt, a healthy diet and physical activity will help us.  Also, omega-3 supplementation may decrease triglycerides and blood pressure among postmenopausal women.

 

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