Immune Cells May Explain High BP After Menopause

Menopause is a “state of accelerated aging” that can significantly affect health in many ways, says BIO5 member and UArizona professor in the Department of Physiology, Dr. Heddwen Brooks. It’s known that prior to menopause, women generally have lower blood pressure than men. They also have greater protection against cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death worldwide—as well as kidney disease and diabetic complications. The opposite is true after menopause and Dr. Brooks' research seeks to understand why.