Hot flashes and sleepless nights could accelerate ageing, according to research conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). After studying over 5,000 people, the team concluded that menopause, which often accompanies insomnia, speeds up cellular ageing by an average of 6 per cent. And women with symptoms like restless sleep and waking frequently at night tended to be biologically older than others without these symptoms. “For decades, scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes ageing or ageing causes menopause,” says senior study author Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics, in a media release by UCLA. “It’s like the chicken or the egg: which came first? Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster.” The findings have been published in journals Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biological Psychiatry.
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