Race Appears To Impact Timing Of Menopause

woman with headache(BlackDoctor.org) — A woman’s race and ethnicity appear to be important predictors of the age at which she will enter menopause, study findings hint.

Compared with non-Latina White women, natural menopause appears to occur at an earlier age among Latina women and a later age among Japanese-American women, Dr. Katherine DeLellis Henderson and colleagues found.

Age at natural menopause among African American and Native Hawaiian women appears similar to that of non-Latina White women.

However, these variations “translate to a difference in months rather than in years,” Henderson told Reuters Health. The largest, that for non-U.S. born Latinas versus non-Latina Whites, “translated to a difference of about 9 months,” said Henderson, of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, are based on 95,704 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a population-based study of women living in the Los Angeles, California area and Hawaii.