Women living in rural areas may go through menopause later

Living in the countryside could delay the menopause by more than a year, a study has suggested.


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Living in the countryside could delay the menopause by more than a year, a study has suggested. Scientists found women surrounded by green space went through 'the change' by an average of 16 months later. 
Researchers led by a team at the University of Bergen in Norway believe the delay may be down to lower stress levels.

They said the study, based on records of almost 2,000 women, was the first to look at a link between green space and menopause. 
The team claim it has 'broad implications' because going through the menopause younger may put women at higher risk of heart disease or bone weakness.