New Study: Lose Weight, Stop Hot flashes

happyladiesA pilot study published in Menopause, a journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), followed 40 overweight or obese women with hot flashes.  The women were assessed and asked to keep a diary, fill out questionnaires and undergo testing to determine whether weight loss would reduce their experience of hot flashes.  The study concludes that indeed, weight loss does correlate with a reduction in hot flashes. Moreover, the more weight the women lost, the more relief they got.

NAMS Executive Director Margery Gass, MD., is encouraged by these findings, which suggest that a larger study is in order to further assess the impact of weight loss on hot flashes.  The data correlate withearlier studies showing that higher body fat percentage correlates with more hot flashes, suggesting that, yes, losing weight, particularly fat will help to quell symptoms of peri-menopause.

Finding a cure for hot flashes is something every woman can get behind.  About 70 % of women going through menopause report having them.  These women are at a higher risk for health problems including poor sleep, depression, anxiety, and lower overall quality of life.

Reference: Rebecca C. Thurston, Linda J. Ewing, Carissa A. Low, Aimee J. Christie, Michele D. Levine. Behavioral weight loss for the management of menopausal hot flashes. Menopause, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000274

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