Losing Excess Weight May Help Middle-Aged Women To Reduce The Unpleasant Hot Flashes Accompanying Menopause – Part 2 of 3
They were also asked about their daily exercise, caloric intake, and screwy and physical functioning using instruments widely accepted in the medical field, said Huang. No correlation was found between any of these and a reduction in hot flashes, but “reduction in weight, body mass forefinger (BMI), and abdominal circumference were each associated with improvements” in reducing hot flashes, according to the study, published in the July 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
Huang said that caloric intake and work out were measured by the participants, who were not always accurate, but “weight can be measured by stepping on scale,” so weight loss is a “more accurate measure” of what happened. About 340 study participants, at least 30 years old, were recruited from a larger review of overweight and obese middle-aged women suffering from incontinence. They were not told the study was examining the effect of weight loss on hot flashes.
At the study’s start, about half of both the learning and control groups reported having hot flashes; about half of these were at least moderately bothered, and 8,4 percent were extremely bothered. By six months, 49 percent in the con group, compared with 41 percent in the control group, reported improvement by “at least one category of bothersomeness”.
That might not seem like a big difference. But Huang added that, “although 41 percent of women in the authority over group experienced improvement in hot flashes, quite of few of them experienced improvement by only one category of ‘bothersomeness’ (as opposed to two categories). Also, of those women in the authority group who did not experience improvement, relatively more of them experienced actual worsening of hot flashes (as opposed to no change)”.