Are hot flashes genetic?

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

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(CNN) – If your mother or grandmother had hot flashes during menopause, chances are, you could too. Hot flashes? Power surges? Whatever you call them, most women of a certain age have been there. In fact, 70% of women going through menopause know the feeling of hot flashes all too well.

What causes them? And why do some women tend to suffer from them but not others? According to a new study, women who experience hot flashes during menopause may have their moms to thank.

The study, led by UCLA researchers, found a genetic connection. Researchers examined the genomes of more than 17,000 post-menopausal women.

They 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? 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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