Monday, July 01, 2013

Menopausal In The Summertime: How To Fight Hot Flashes ~ Lisa Armstrong

Perimenopause — the transition that starts in your 40s — can last as long as a decade, so new paths through this stage of life can be more than handy!

Anatomy of a hot flash

You've probably heard about the most common symptoms of this phase — hot flashes. "Although 75 percent of women experience hot flashes, their underlying physiology isn't well understood," says Rebecca Thurston, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh researching connections between hot flashes and the risk of heart disease.

What is known is that hot flashes result from changes in estrogen levels and to the area of the brain that regulates your body's temperature. During a hot flash, your body dilates the blood vessels near the skin's surface to disperse an internal heat wave that flows up your neck to your face and head. Your heartbeat increases, and you may experience slight nausea. When the cycle of a hot flash is over, you could even shiver from a chill.

You can read the full article at SheKnows Health/Wellness.

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