Getting hot flashes during menopause may have genetic connection

(CNN) — If your mother or grandmother had hot flashes during menopause, chances are you could, too.

According to a new study from UCLA, researchers found a genetic connection. They examined the genomes of more than 17,000 post-menopausal women and found that those who had hot flashes or night sweats shared similar chromosome variations in the part of the brain linked to the release of estrogen to the body.

Which makes sense, because when a woman goes through menopause, estrogen levels fall, making her more sensitive to temperature changes in her body.

The good news here is that these results could help develop treatments that might bring relief to women who have hot flashes, or even prevent them altogether.

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