FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 -- Older women who carry genes that make them prone to obesity may take comfort in new findings that suggest exercise can counter that risk.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 8,200 women, aged 70 to 79, of European ancestry. The investigators found that genetic influences on body mass index (an estimate of body fat based on weight and height) were strongest in inactive women and weakest in those with high levels of physical activity.
THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 -- A "well" visit to her ob-gyn can benefit a woman's heart, two leading U.S. medical groups say.
"As the leading health care providers for women, ob-gyns provide care that goes far beyond reproductive health and are in a unique position to screen, counsel and educate patients on heart health," said Dr. Haywood Brown, immediate past president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
MONDAY, April 30, 2018 -- What women eat might determine when they enter menopause, new research suggests.
After tracking more than 35,000 British women for four years, investigators found that menopause tended to start earlier among those whose diets were heavy in refined carbs. In contrast, menopause tended to begin later among those who consumed a lot of fish and legumes.