The probability of women developing diseases like diabetes, stroke or heart diseases in the years nearing menopause is greater than during any other time in their lives. In the new revelation by the American Heart Association, not only are women more prone to developing these metabolic disorders while nearing their middle age, the risk is even greater in black women. This new theory has completely rattled traditional perceptions that women are more prone to suffering from metabolic syndrome after they go through menopause.

According to an educated guess of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), more than 6,000 American women experience menopause every day, which in light of these new findings means that the same number of women are at risk of developing metabolic diseases even before they reach their mid-40s and 50s.

The AHA came up with these enlightening new conclusions after carrying out a large scale menopausal analysis of more than 1,470 women, by surveying their health records over a period of 10 years.

Other interesting findings the researchers came upon were facts like how the glucose and triglycerides, meaning both the good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels, of women fluctuate increasingly before menopause occurs. It seems their blood serum levels do not increase or decrease to such a great degree after menopause than they do before it. While white women had a greater chance of filling out their pants and even sporting bulging waists, women of African American descent, as a singular ethnic group, showed greater increases in blood pressure levels before their menopausal stage rather than after the life altering episode.

So for all the ladies out there, based on this novel evidence, we can conclude that making healthy lifestyle changes like taking care of our diet, exercise, sleeping pattern, etc is more important before reaching the 40s than in later years.