Healthy foods linked to later menopause onset

Eating lots of oily fish and legumes was linked to starting menopause later than average, according to research

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(David Oliver/ U.S. News and World Report) — It turns out that what you eat could help determine when you start menopause, according to a new study.

England-based University of Leeds researchers found a link between eating healthy foods – such as oily fish and legumes like peas and green beans – and a later menopause onset. Favoring refined carbs like white pasta and rice, on the other hand, was linked to an earlier than average start, suggests the study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health on April 30.

Women whose diet consisted mostly of healthy foods, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, saw an approximately three-year delay in menopause, based on the average start age, which is 51 in both the U.S. and U.K. High intake of Vitamin B6 and zinc were also tied to later menopause. Study participants whose diet revolved around white pasta and rice were more likely to start menopause a year and a half earlier than average.

The study authors collected data from more than 14,150 women in the U.K. Participants completed a diet questionnaire and survey on health and reproductive history, as well as follow-ups to both four years later. (…)

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