A Closer Look At Hot Flashes

Japanese women hot flashesHot flashes (also named hot flushes, or night sweats if they happen at night time) have always been a hot topic for women. But incidentally did you know that that there are no words for “hot flash” in Japanese?

The reason being is that generally Japanese women do not get hot flashes. Unlike up to 80% of American women who suffers from the affliction of menopause, Japanese women are not susceptible to heart palpitations, irritability, anxiety, night sweats, sleeping problems, and all the extra annoyances that come with menopause.

Statistics show that only 5% Japanese women get hot flashes. So why is that?

Well to begin with, one major factor is that Japanese and Asian women in general have very limited menopause symptoms is their diet.  For example, soy-based foods are highly used in Japanese cuisine. Soy happens to be a food product that had been studied for reducing hot flashes and to make menopause much more manageable feat.

Soy however has had some controversy. Some women may be concerned or even suspicious about soy, since there have been some claims that soy may increase the risk of breast cancer.  However, recent evidence has revealed that this is merely a myth.  Whether you are a fan of soy or not too sure, it is important that you take a serious look at your diet and lifestyle.  There are promising and effective alternative treatments that are safer than hormone replacement therapy.

Hot Flash And Its Symptoms: What Are They?

hot flash and womenSadly researchers have yet to identify the specific biochemical root cause of hot flashes.  However the underlying cause is the declining of estrogen levels that during menopause is what triggers it.

The diminishing estrogen somehow directly affects the hypothalamus (sometimes referred as the body’s thermostat), which is the part of the brain responsible for controlling your body’s temperature, and other basic processes such as sex hormones, appetite, and sleep cycles.

When hot flashes occur, the blood vessels under the skin dilate which may lead to the profuse sweating.  The perspiration tends to happen at night therefore making night sweat a very common sleeping problem for women who are peri-menopausal and post-menopausal.

The average age that menopause begins is around 51.  Peri-menopause can start as early as the age of 35.  However every woman is different and some will have their last menstruation in their 40’s while some have their last period later in their 50’s.  Hot flashes can start as early as 2 to 3 years before a woman has her last period.

Hot Flashes can last just a few months or it can last a few years. So it can be anywhere between 6 months or even 15 years after final menstruation.  The average is 2 years though.  While some women have only a few episodes of hot flash during a year some women have a drastic 20 episodes a day!

With time, hot flashes usually taper off.  Although some women experience greater severity of symptoms than others, it is rare that it become a lifelong problem. There is no way of telling in advance how long your hot flashes will last or how severe your hot flashes will be.

For manageable tips on hot flashes, check out What You Can Do About Hot Flashes and Foods That Helps Reduce Hot Flashes.

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