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How many people suffer from hot flashes?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Most women in their menopausal years suffer from some degree of hot flashes. Some women have very intense debilitating flashes while others sail through barely noticing their effects. Many OBGYN's say that over 90% of their patients go on hormonal replacement at one time or another during their menopausal years. Again, most women do experience some type of hot flashes.

About 50 million women in the United States alone, experience hot flashes. But some men also experience hot flashes.

Menopause, obviously, is not the reason that men have hot flashes. Their hot flashes usually result from a drop in testosterone. This can result from aging, but usually is due to medication that affects testosterone production, or from a surgical removal of the testes.

If a man is experiencing hot flashes, he should consult a doctor. A deficiency of testosterone is often the cause, and a simple blood test can verify that.

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