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Women with irregular or long menstrual cycles may be more likely to die prematurely when compared to those who have regular or short cycles, according to a study.
Participants who said they always had irregular periods were more likely to pass away before the age of 70, or prematurely, than those who had very regular cycles, the findings published in the journal The BMJ showed.
Irregular and long cycles in adulthood were linked to a higher risk of dying of cancer or cardiovascular disease, but the link was strongest for the latter.
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The team made similar findings in the death risk for women who had cycles lasting 40 days or more, or which were too irregular to estimate when compared with participants who had cycles between 26 to 31 days, which is considered normal.