Are you a woman suffering from hot flashes as you go through the menopause transition? It turns out you’re not alone. About 33 percent of women who are going through this transition experience more than 10 hot flashes daily. Additionally, these hot flashes are more commonly seen in women who are obese. Researchers believe that fat serves as an insulator which interferes with heat dissipation, thus causing women who are overweight to have more of these “power surges.”
So if fat serves as an insulator, would it make a difference if women lose weight? That’s what a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh explored. The study involved 40 overweight or obese women who had hot flashes. These women were randomly assigned to either a behavioral weight loss intervention or a wait-list control. The researchers evaluated the women’s hot flashes before and after the intervention through monitoring the women’s physical responses as well as asking the ...
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...
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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