Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women after the cessation of the menstrual cycle to the extent that more women die from heart disease and stroke than other causes including breast cancer. In spite of the magnitude of the problem, it is frequently underestimated and women are less likely to receive any interventions compared to men. Traditionally, CVD is perceived as a problem for middle-aged men. In fact, it affects just as many women as men – if not more – may be on average a decade later. This delay is attributed to the protective effects of estrogen during pre-menopausal years. Come, let us understand what’s the link between menopause and cholesterol levels.
What is menopause?
Menopause is a stage of life marked by the cessation of menstrual periods. As the oestrogen levels fall significantly following menopause, the protective effect is lost and changes occur that lead to an …