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Short sleep after menopause linked to weaker bones

Reuters Health reports on study findings which showed bones may age faster in postmenopausal women who sleep less than five hours a night.

Reuters Health spoke to Alana C. Serota, MD, CCFP, CCD, internal medicine physician at HSS, who had no involvement in the study, to discuss the findings. Dr. Serota explained there are a number of things that contribute to skeletal health, and while there is no clear answer regarding the ideal amount of sleep for postmenopausal women, its important to wake up feeling rested. “We know poor sleep has an impact on cardiovascular health, leads to diabetes, poor sugar control and hypertension. It stands to reason these things can also impact the skeleton,” said Dr. Serota. She added, “The most important thing is to stay active. Even if one hasn’t exercised before, it is a good time to start. The diagnosis of any chronic condition, or a transition in any point of life, is a good time for a health reset.”

Read the article at Reuters.com.