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LIPIDS AND MENOPAUSE

ANCHOR LEAD:  CHANGING BLOOD LIPIDS ARE SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON DURING MENOPAUSE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Menopause changes many things about a woman’s physiology, including her lipid profile, or relative amounts of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol, and LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol.  This shift may be one important factor in the well known increase in a woman’s risk of heart disease after menopause.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, offers her opinion.

MILLER: Women going through menopause need to be very vigilant about having their profiles checked.  Just because your lipids looked great when you were twenty or thirty does not mean that they will look just as good when you’re fifty five or sixty. So I would ask all women to please talk with your internist about checking your lipid profile, both at the beginning of perimenopause and throughout the duration to make sure you don’t become a candidate for pharmacotherapy.    :30

Miller recommends annual assessments during menopause and perhaps a lipid lowering medication.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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