A sedentary lifestyle can lead to more nighttime hot flashes
Newswise – CLEVELAND, Ohio (September 22, 2021) – Hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms of the transition to menopause, not only interfere with a woman’s quality of life, but are also associated with a range of health problems. A new study suggests that sedentary behavior may increase the likelihood of nighttime hot flashes. The results of the study will be presented at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, September 22-25, 2021.
About 80% of women report having hot flashes. There is some evidence to suggest that a greater number and severity of hot flashes is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Sedentary behavior, which is often more prevalent as women age, is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease. However, few studies have evaluated the effect of sedentary behavior on the experience of hot flashes. The studies that were conducted were largely based on self-reports and did not consider objective measures of hot flashes or sedentary behaviors.
This new study, which includes pre-, peri- and postmenopausal women, aimed to determine whether objectively measured sedentary behavior is a predictor of the objective and subjective experience of hot flashes. Preliminary study results indicate that sedentary behavior actually predicts objective nighttime hot flashes, independent of the time spent participating in moderate to vigorous activity.
âSince women nearing the transition to menopause devote a large portion of their daily activities to sedentary behaviors, it is important to understand how such behavior influences menopausal hot flashes,â says Dr Sarah Witkowski. , exercise physiologist at Smith College and co-author of the Study. âKnowing the influence of sedentary behavior on hot flashes can improve evidence-based lifestyle recommendations for women with hot flashes. “
“With such a large proportion of women affected by hot flashes, research that helps identify triggers or risk factors is still invaluable,” says Dr StÃ©phanie Faubion, medical director of NAMS. âHealthcare professionals should review a patient’s physical activities and routines when discussing treatment options. “
Drs. Witkowski and Faubion are available for interviews before and after the presentation at the Annual Meeting.
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