Going through menopause can be one of the worst times in a woman's life. Between the hot flashes and the mood swings, it can be pretty exhausting. But did you know the symptoms of menopause actually are surprisingly similar to those of long time smokers?
Researchers found that women's lungs are affected during menopause in a way that is shockingly similar to the lungs of someone who has smoked 20 cigarettes per day for TEN YEARS. That's a lot of damage!
This helps to explain some of the fatigue that comes with menopause! Not only are they dealing with their hormones going through a whole lot of changes, but their lungs are not getting as much air as they used to!
'Whether obstructive or restrictive, the decline in lung function may cause an increase in shortness of breath, reduced work capacity and fatigue." - Kai Triebner, Lead researcher
The Norwegian researchers found that the decline in lung function was best compared to long time smokers, specifically those who have smoked 20 cigarettes per day for 10 years. Pretty unfair for ladies! Not only do they have to deal with all the other symptoms, but even if they never smoked in their life they end up with bad lungs!
Do you know anyone who has gone though menopause, or have you gone through it yourself? There are a lot of things that affect woman so maybe be a little bit more sensitive to the ladies in your life!