Hot flashes – a sudden feverish heat that can hit your body in an instant – are one of the most common and, arguably, frustrating symptoms experienced by women approaching menopause. Though hot flashes can occur as a result of other medical conditions as well, for the most part they are associated to the natural drop in estrogen levels that occurs as women age.

At Longevity Centres of America, we offer estrogen pellet therapy treatments for women who wish to alleviate this often disruptive symptom. However, anti-aging medicine, like any other medical field, can always be further perfected, so our physicians constantly monitor the latest research in this arena.

And, according to a press release from the University of Arizona, clinical researchers from the institution have reportedly discovered a part of the brain that could play a role in hot flashes as well. They found that a collection of cells called KNDy neurons may actually act as the "control switch" for hot flashes – or hot flushes, as the researchers refer to them.

"Our research reveals that they play extremely important roles in how the body controls its energy resources, reproduction and temperature," said study lead author Melinda Mittelman-Smith.

Though further research is required before medical practitioners can put this new discovery to use in a clinical setting, it may eventually be able to enhance existing treatment options for menopausal symptoms. Thankfully though, there is already an effective option for women who want to regain control of their bodies after menopause.