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...
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...
Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
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