BMI May Affect Timing of Menopause
Women with a low BMI could have an increased risk of early menopause. A study reveals 30% higher odds of early menopause in underweight women (BMI, < 18.5 kg/m2), while overweight women (BMI, 25 kg/m2 to 29.9 kg/m2) had a significant 21% to 30% lower odds.
Early menopause is associated with increased health risks for CVD, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and earlier mortality. Early menopause affects fertility, which is critical in women who continue to delay childbearing.