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Cholesterol Levels Vary Throughout the Menstrual Cycle

Posted Sep 06 2010 9:46am

The fluctuation of hormones during the female menstrual cycle may have more impact on cardiovascular health than researchers previously thought. While doctors have known that the cessation of estrogen production after menopause can increase a woman’s risk for heart disease, even the monthly cyclical variations of hormones play an important role. Researchers have found that serum lipid levels (cholesterol) vary throughout the menstrual cycle and could play an important role on determining the best time for screening.

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