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dc.creatorLocklear, Tracie D.
dc.creatorDoyle, Brian J.
dc.creatorHuang, Yue
dc.creatorPérez Sánchez, Alice Lorena
dc.creatorCaceres, Armando
dc.creatorMahady, Gail B.
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-21T17:41:09Z
dc.date.available2013-06-21T17:41:09Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationhttp://benthamscience.com/journal/abstracts.php?journalID=cwhr&articleID=82260
dc.identifier.issn1573-4048
dc.identifier.issn1875-6581 (electrónico)
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10669/849
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dc.description.abstractIn Mexico and Central America, women typically experience menopause up to 10 years earlier than their U.S. counterparts. This may be due in part to numerous pregnancies, long periods of lactation, poor nutrition, extreme environment, and the heavy workload of the Maya women. Unlike Western culture, there is no stigma associated with aging and the menopausal period in the Mayan culture. In fact, menopause is considered to be a welcome natural phenomenon in Central America that all Maya women, who come of age, will experience. Anxiety, negative attitudes, health concerns and stress for the Maya woman are all events that are commonly associated with pregnancy and childbearing, not with menopause. Maya women perceive the menopausal period very positively, as they are no longer burdened with menstrual bleeding and child bearing, and are more relaxed about sexual activities. Thus, compared with their U.S. counterparts, Maya women have a better overall perceptions and attitudes toward the menopausal transition, have symptoms that appear to be short-lived, do not generally use HRT and appear to have a lower prevalence of osteoporosis. Besides genetics, diet and life-style may play a significant role in the overall impact of menopause in these women, as their diet is primarily plant-based, they get plenty of exercise over a lifetime, and they use primarily plant-based medicines and massage to control menopausal symptoms. Thus, the impact of culture and attitude on the menopausal transition in Mexico and Central America appears to be a positive one. Future research should focus on why the prevalence of osteoporosis is low in Maya women and how women in the U.S. might benefit from this information. In addition, collections of data on cognition, as well as cardiovascular and cancer risk between these groups would be of benefit, considering that Maya women do not generally use HRT.es
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartments of Pharmacy Practice and Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, UIC PAHO/WHO Collaborating. Centre for Traditional Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Pharmacy, 833 S. Wood St., Chicago, IL. 60612, USA, 2Centro de Investigaciones en Productos Naturales (CIPRONA) and Escuela de Química, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060, San Pedro, San José, Costa Rica, 3Universidad de San Carlos, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Farmacia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.es
dc.language.isoen_USes
dc.publisherCurrent Women’s Health Reviews 4(1), 3-8es
dc.subjectAttitudeses
dc.subjectCosta Ricaes
dc.subjectRthnicityes
dc.subjectGuatemalaes
dc.subjectMenopausees
dc.subjectMayaes
dc.subjectMexicoes
dc.subjectosteoporosises
dc.subjectOsteoporosises
dc.titleMenopause, A Universal Female Experience: Lessons from Mexico and Central Americaes
dc.typeartículo científico
dc.identifier.doi10.2174/157340408783572033
dc.identifier.doi10.2174/157340408783572033#sthash.Buld2FcZ.dpuf
dc.description.procedenceUCR::Vicerrectoría de Investigación::Unidades de Investigación::Ciencias Básicas::Centro de Investigaciones en Productos Naturales (CIPRONA)es_ES
dc.description.procedenceUCR::Vicerrectoría de Docencia::Ciencias Básicas::Facultad de Ciencias::Escuela de Químicaes_ES


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