- Younger age at menopause is associated with increased risk for multimorbidity.
Why this matters
- Women may spend up to one-third of their lives in menopause.
- During the menopause transition, chronic health conditions may develop, so this stage represents an important screening time for health changes and nutritional and lifestyle counseling.
- More than half of the women experienced multimorbidity in their postmenopausal lives.
- Premature menopause, compared with natural menopause, was associated with increased odds for multimorbidity: aOR, 1.98 (95% CI, 1.31-2.98).
- Prospective cohort study.
- Cohort was taken from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH), an ongoing population-based cohort study of factors affecting the health and well-being of Australian women (n=5107).
- Outcomes of interest were 11 chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, depression, anxiety, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, asthma, and breast cancer).
- Surveys were used to determine menopausal status.
- Funding: ALSWH is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.
- Relied on self-reported information.