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Is menopause the beginning of the end of life for women?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A woman who thinks of reaching menopause as the beginning of the end may need a refresher course in mathematics. The average age when a woman becomes menopausal--that is, she stops having menstrual periods--is 51. Meanwhile, on average, a woman in the United States lives to be about 80.

Do the math. That means a postmenopausal woman has more than one-third of her life ahead of her. It's better to think of this transition as the beginning of the rest of your life.

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