Losing Excess Weight May Help Middle-Aged Women To Reduce The Unpleasant Hot Flashes Accompanying Menopause – Part 1 of 3
Losing Excess Weight May Help Middle-Aged Women To Reduce The Unpleasant Hot Flashes Accompanying Menopause. Weight deprivation might help middle-aged women who are overweight or plump reduce bothersome hot flashes accompanying menopause, according to a new study. “We’ve known for some time that obesity affects hot flashes, but we didn’t positive if losing weight would have any effect,” said Dr Alison Huang, the study’s author. “Now there is good evidence losing weight can reduce hot flashes”.
Study participants were part of an all-out lifestyle-intervention program designed to help them lose between 7 percent and 9 percent of their weight. Huang, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, said the findings could afford women with another reason to take control of their weight. “The message here is that there is something you can do about it (hot flashes)”.
About one third of women experience hot flashes for five years or more days beyond recall menopause, “disrupting sleep, interfering with work and leisure activities, and exacerbating anxiety and depression,” according to the study. The women in the study group met with experts in nutrition, exercise and behavior weekly for an hour and were encouraged to trouble at least 200 minutes a week and reduce caloric intake to 1200-1500 calories per day. They also got help planning menus and choosing what kinds of foods to eat.
Women in a power group received monthly group education classes for the first four months. Participants, including those in the control group, were asked to respond to a survey at the beginning of the mull over and six months later to describe how bothersome hot flashes were for them in the past month on a five-point scale with answers ranging from “not at all” to “extremely”.