Cigarette smoking, for example, is associated with the onset of menopause two years earlier than usual. A weight problems have the opposite effect, says study leader Dr. Daniel Morris.Menopausal symptoms appeared a year later in obese women compared with those with normal weight. This is probably due to the effects of fat that they have on sex hormones.
There shall be more that menopause occurs later in women who drank more than two drinks per day, aged between 25 and 49 years are not sufficiently physically active between the ages of 30 and 49, or vegetarian.
The findings are important because they delay the onset of menopause is a risk factor for many diseases such as breast cancer, experts emphasize.
However, more research to determine whether reducing alcohol consumption or practicing more exercises influence of menopause.
The study included 50 000 women aged between 40 and 98 years who filled out a questionnaire about their body weight, eating habits, physical activity and when they have gone through menopause.
The results were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Menopause is a period of a woman's life associated with decreased ovarian function and secretion of estrogen from them.Typically, menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 years.