Washington: Researchers have suggested a way to predict when a woman will have her final menstrual period.The findings may help women and physicians gauge the onset of menopause-related bone loss, which usually begins a year prior to the last period.Lead author Dr. Gail Greendale, professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said that the researchers used women`s ages, menstrual bleeding patterns and measurements of hormone levels to estimate the amount of time until they were likely to reach menopause.The researchers used information collected annually for up to 11 years on 554 women, including Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics and those of Chinese and Japanese descent, participating in the multi-site, multi-ethnic Study of Women`s Health Across the Nation.
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