Study: Menopausal women should watch cholesterol

December 11, 2009 2:17:57 PM PST
Women approaching menopause may need to keep a close check on cholesterol. That's because a new study has found that blood levels of LDL cholesterol -- the bad kind that blocks the arteries --goes up sharply in women at the time of menopause. Authors of the study in the journal of the American College of Cardiology -- this suggests that as women approach menopause they need to have their lipid profiles checked.

Two other studies also in the journal showed that higher doses of statin drugs are more effective over time than lower doses in preventing heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems.

Bottom line: women should pay more attention to lifestyle factors as menopause approaches and occurs.