Exercise reduces hot flushes

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2013 Aug;170(1):229-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.06.018. Epub 2013 Jul 15.

Regular exercise is the most significant lifestyle parameter associated with the severity of climacteric symptoms: a cross sectional study.

Source

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Electronic address: kochman@hadassah.org.il.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the association between demographic and lifestyle parameters and perceived severity of the climacteric syndrome in perimenopausal women.

STUDY DESIGN:

A cross-sectional study of 151 healthy women aged 45-55 years who attended the University Medical Center affiliated menopause clinics. The analysis was based on self completion of the Greene climacteric score, consisting of psychological, somatic/physical, sexual and vasomotor subscores. The Greene total score and subscores were the main outcomes of the study.

RESULTS:

Of all demographic, anthropometric and lifestyle parameters recorded, the correlates with reduced total Greene score were high-order maternity and regular physical exercise. Mothers of 3 or more children reported significantly lower total Greene score (18±12.8 vs. 22.1±8.1) (p=0.01) as well as lower psychological subscore (8.7±6.8 vs. 11.5±5.4) (p=0.01). Regular physical activity was also associated with significantly lower total Greene score (17.0±11.0 vs. 22.6±11.3) (p=0.01) and specifically lower psychological subscore (9.5±6.6 vs. 12.8±7.7) (p=0.03) and sexual subscore (1.1±0.99 vs. 1.61±1.05) (p=0.03). Linear regression models showed that regular exercise was the lifestyle parameter most significantly correlated with a lower total Greene score (p=0.006) independent of menopausal status. Of particular note, regular exercise was significantly correlated with lower psychological (p=0.006) and physical subscores (p=0.06). Moreover, the higher the frequency of exercise (both aerobic and non aerobic), the lower the severity of the climacteric symptoms reported, yet the vasomotor and sexual subscores remained unchanged.

CONCLUSIONS:

Regular exercise of at least 3 times a week was the most significant lifestyle parameter to be associated with the severity of climacteric symptoms.

Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Exercise, Greene scale, Lifestyle, Menopause, Physical activity

PMID:
23866909
[PubMed – in process

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