According to a recent research by scientists from Los Angeles, women who enter menopause early age faster than others.
To conduct the study, Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles analysed DNA samples taken from more than 3100 women in a 15-year study of post-menopausal women.
“For decades scientists have disagreed over whether menopause causes ageing or ageing causes menopause,” said Horvath.
“Our study is the first to demonstrate that menopause makes you age faster.”
Measuring the biological age of cells from blood, saliva and inside the cheek, Horvath and his team were able to pin down the relationship between chronological age and a woman’s biological age.
“Menopause speeds up cellular ageing by an average of 6%,” said Horvath.
Woman who entered menopause at 42 would on average be biologically a year older eight years later than women who began menopause at 50.