Navigation Links
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Date:5/31/2009

In athletes who stop menstruating, supplements boost vascular function, study finds

SUNDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose folic acid supplementation improved vascular function in young female runners who stopped menstruating (amenorrhea) because their caloric intake was lower than their energy output, researchers say.

The findings suggest that folic acid may decrease cardiovascular risk and also improve performance in young female athletes, according to the Medical College of Wisconsin researchers.

"Previous studies have shown that amenorrheic women runners have decreased dilation in the main (brachial) artery of the arm in response to blood flow. Athletic amenorrhea has a hormonal profile similar to menopause, when the earliest sign of cardiovascular disease is reduced vascular dilation, which can limit oxygen uptake and affect performance," study author Dr. Stacy Lynch, a women's sports medicine fellow, said in a news release.

The study included 16 female college or recreational runners, aged 18 to 35, who weren't on birth control pills and had been running at least 20 miles a week for the past year. All the women were healthy, but six of them had reduced vascular function and irregular or absent menstrual periods.

The researchers measured the women's vascular function before and after four to six weeks of treatment with 10 milligrams a day of folic acid. At the end of that time, vascular function had returned to normal in the amenorrheic women and remained at normal levels in the other women.

The study was presented at a recent meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, in Tampa, Fla.

Folic acid is used by the body to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about amenorrhea.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Medical College of Wisconsin, news release, May 30, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. HRT Ups Death Risk for Women With Lung Cancer
2. The Pill Kills Women: Largest Protest Against Birth Control Pill
3. Caldwell Consumer Health Becomes Revive Personal Products, Inc., with OPTIONS(TM) Line of Womens Sexual Health Products & Oral Health Brands; See Us at NACDS Booth 533 (The Emerson Group)
4. Womens Health Foundation, POISE(R) Brand Look for Passionate Womens Health Advocates
5. Experts Urge Less Weight Gain for Obese Women in Pregnancy
6. Partner status influences womens interest in men
7. Fighting "Brain Fog": How the Right Hormones Can Improve Mental Sharpness for Women
8. UNICEF Appeals for Funding to Urgently Assist Displaced Children and Women in Northwest Pakistan
9. Planned Parenthood Urges Gov. Schwarzenegger to Rescind Harmful Budget Cuts to Womens Health Care
10. Pakistan Crisis Puts Pregnant Women At Increased Risk
11. Many Black Women Refuse Breast Cancer Treatments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
(Date:1/18/2017)... , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... Fischell Department of Bioengineering are collaborating on a research project focused on multiple ... the project seeks to use nanotechnology to control the disease without compromising normal ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The V Foundation for ... V, its official endurance training and fundraising team, to compete in the Boston Marathon ... those inspired to finish the world’s oldest annual marathon to join Team V and ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The Portee Insurance Agency, ... and business owners in central Maryland and the DC region, is inaugurating a charity ... 787,000 people nationally every year, making it the #1 killer in America. However, heart ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... Dr. Farhan Qureshi is an esteemed dentist who ... modern dental practice has two convenient office locations in Alexandria and Arlington, Virginia. Recently, ... for the Alexandria area. This award confirms the fact that Dr. Qureshi’s patients ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The Hear the World Foundation, ... the donation of cochlear implants. In February 2017, the first three children with ... chance of leading an independent life. This engagement builds on the support the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... Jan. 18, 2017 In China ... is where the Upgrade of China,s ... 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development of ... Five-Year Plan), and the state council of the ... national strategic emerging industry development plan, identifying medical devices as ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017  Tarix Orphan LLC today ... granted a Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) designation for the ... Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB), a rare genetic skin disorder. ... treatment is limited to supportive care. "The ... Drug Designation previously granted by the FDA in this ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017  Robust competition ... rebates and discounts on medicine prices, according to a ... (BRG). The study is among the first to examine ... companies, generic manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health plans ... "The BRG study is the first to show what ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: