Navigation Links
Fewer Excess Pounds May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes
Date:7/12/2010

By Ellin Holohan
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss might help middle-aged women who are overweight or obese reduce bothersome hot flashes accompanying menopause, according to a new study.

"We've known for some time that obesity affects hot flashes, but we didn't know if losing weight would have any effect," said Dr. Alison Huang, the study's author. "Now there is good evidence losing weight can reduce hot flashes."

Study participants were part of an intensive lifestyle-intervention program designed to help them lose between 7 percent and 9 percent of their weight.

Huang, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, said the findings could provide women with another reason to take control of their weight. "The message here is that there is something you can do about it (hot flashes)," said Huang.

About one third of women experience hot flashes for five years or more past menopause, "disrupting sleep, interfering with work and leisure activities, and exacerbating anxiety and depression," according to the study.

The women in the study group met with experts in nutrition, exercise and behavior weekly for an hour and were encouraged to exercise at least 200 minutes a week and reduce caloric intake to 1,200-1,500 calories per day. They also got help planning menus and choosing what kinds of foods to eat.

Women in a control group received monthly group education classes for the first four months.

Participants, including those in the control group, were asked to respond to a survey at the beginning of the study and six months later to describe how bothersome hot flashes were for them in the past month on a five-point scale with answers ranging from "not at all" to "extremely."

They were also asked about their daily exercise, caloric intake, and mental and physical functioning using instruments widely accepted in the medical field, said Huang. No correlation was found between any of these and a reduction in hot flashes, but "reduction in weight, body mass index (BMI), and abdominal circumference were each associated with improvements" in reducing hot flashes, according to the study, published in the July 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Huang said that caloric intake and exercise were measured by the participants, who were not always accurate, but "weight can be measured by stepping on scale," so weight loss is a "more accurate measure" of what happened.

About 340 study participants, at least 30 years old, were recruited from a larger study of overweight and obese middle-aged women suffering from incontinence. They were not told the study was examining the effect of weight loss on hot flashes.

At the study's start, about half of both the study and control groups reported having hot flashes; about half of these were at least moderately bothered, and 8.4 percent were extremely bothered.

By six months, 49 percent in the study group, compared with 41 percent in the control group, reported improvement by "at least one category of bothersomeness."

That might not seem like a big difference. But Huang added that, "although 41 percent of women in the control group experienced improvement in hot flashes, quite of few of them experienced improvement by only one category of 'bothersomeness' (as opposed to two categories). Also, of those women in the control group who did not experience improvement, relatively more of them experienced actual worsening of hot flashes (as opposed to no change)."

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, an obstetrician-gynecologist affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, said the study findings are "good news."

"I think this study provides a ground work to look at it (hot flashes) in larger, more detailed and comprehensive studies," said Poynor. "It's very promising," she added.

Poynor said the study provides an impetus to women who need to lose weight for other health reasons, such as diabetes or heart disease, because it can reduce problems like sleep disturbance that can lead to problems with concentration and poor functioning in general.

"It can really help to have a very significant altered quality of life," said Poynor, noting that the physiology of hot flashes, "at least in part a vascular event," is poorly understood and needs more study.

"However, this study provides women and their health care professionals who care for them another intervention to help with bothersome hot flashes in women who are overweight."

More information

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more on menopause.

SOURCES: Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D., obstetrics and gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Alison Huang, M.D., assistant professor, medicine, University of California, San Francisco; July 12, 2010 Archives of Internal Medicine


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Recession May Mean Fewer Nips & Tucks
2. Fewer platelets could be used for some cancer and bone-marrow transplantation patients
3. Fewer Deaths in Larger, Busier Hospitals
4. Pitt/Magee research finds women with preeclampsia have fewer blood vessel precursor cells
5. Better patient safety linked to fewer medical malpractice claims in California
6. Safer Patients Mean Fewer Malpractice Suits
7. Study finds post-transplant patients off steroids have fewer cardiovascular events
8. Prevention Gets Credit for Fewer Heart Deaths
9. Fewer Sugary Drinks, Less High Blood Pressure
10. Fewer Boys Born Following 9/11 Attacks
11. Simple change results in fewer unnecessary imaging exams for patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fewer Excess Pounds May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... MD Now Urgent Care ... MD Now’s 28th facility overall and marks the urgent care center's eighth location in ... North of The Falls shopping mall. The new clinic offers a wide array of ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... ... American Farmer, will feature Chr. Hansen, Inc (CHR Hansen) in an upcoming episode ... Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. Check your local listings for more info. ... 1874 after a groundbreaking discovery of how to industrialize enzymes. Rooted in science and ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Chicago, IL (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 ... ... insurance management assistance and financial planning services to communities in the greater Chicago ... Children’s Association to offer assistance to underprivileged youth in Chicago. , Founded in ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Moore Insurance, ... area with access to asset protection and financial planning services, is teaming up ... improving the lives of children with cancer and other chronic diseases. , The ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... June 22, 2017 , ... ... is pleased to welcome Whipple & Company as its newest Partner Firm. Headquartered ... of balancing their clients’ risk while tailoring optimized benefit packages that strengthen the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/2/2017)... , June 2, 2017  NxStage Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq:  NXTM), a ... today announced new findings demonstrating positive biochemical outcomes related ... System One™. The data will be presented at the ... Madrid, Spain . The ... Home Dialysis Network in Europe ...
(Date:5/29/2017)... Israel, May 29, 2017  Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... technology which enables the functional selection of stem cells, ... for the first quarter ended March 31 st , ... our accomplishments in the first quarter of 2017," said ... quarter, we announced the treatment of the first blood ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. , May 22, 2017 ... natural antiviral treatment Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin, announces the launch of ... in plain English, the results of a clinical ... after one year treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin in individuals ... is important to note that there are no ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: