Several of my friends who are going through menopause have complained to me about hot flashes. They dislike the sensations brought on by the hot flash and worry that the hot flash may be harming their health. Two new studies provide some important insight on the implications of hot flashes as well as how women can lessen that sudden hot feeling.
The first study, which is out of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, found that most women entering menopause who experience hot flashes don’t appear to be facing poorer heart health. However, there are a few exceptions, researchers noted. They pointed to women who experience hot flashes for many years after the onset of menopause or whose hot flashes began many years after the woman has gone through the menopause transition. The researchers’ analysis found that these two groups of women are at risk for cardiovascular issues.
This study, which was being presented at the annual meeting of Endocrin...
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with my friend Leslie. We both laughed knowingly as she talked about the tug-of-war she wages with her husband over the thermostat when she’s experiencing those well-known “power surges” that can come with menopause. And we also both bemoaned the way that weight and inches seem to creep on at this age. However, I hadn’t thought about how the two – hot flashes and diet – might be linked.
However, it turns out that a recent study recommends that you head straight to the produce aisle at your supermarket or to a farmer’s market to arm yourself with some of the best weaponry. Yep, that means load up on lots of fruits and vegetables. This study, which is out of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research, found that menopausal women who lost weight through eating a low-fat diet that included lots of fruits and vegetables actually reduced or eliminated their hot flashes and night sweats...
Plagued with hot flashes or night sweats? Perhaps it’s time to remake your dinner plate as a way to battle these uncomfortable experiences.
A new large study out of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Division of Research has found that menopausal women who drop pounds through a low-fat diet that incorporates lots of fruits and vegetables may reduce or even eliminate those pesky clothes-soaking experiences. This study was published in the journal, Menopause.
The study used data on more than 17,473 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Study, a research effort started in 1991 by the National Institutes of Health that was focused on the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
The Kaiser Permanente researchers studied at women who had menopausal symptoms and who were not taking hormone-replacement therapy. Their analysis found that the wome...
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