Beat menopause weight gain and hot flashes

Ask almost any menopausal woman what the hardest part of menopause is and you’re likely to hear complaints about hot flashes and an inability to lose weight, especially belly fat.

Unfortunately, decreased oestrogen levels during menopause can create an array of physical and mental health issues.

However, there is good news, particularly if you have safe but effective non-pharmacologic options for managing menopause.

A safe way to manage menopause

According to a new study, published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), shifting menopausal weight again and controlling hot flashes can be achieved with something as simple as a regular workout.

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Researchers put 234 inactive postmenopausal women, aged 45 to 64 years, through a supervised 20-week exercise programme.

The positive spin-offs

All the women in the studied had lead sedentary lifestyles for at least 12 months. However, is doubtful that many would return to their couch potato ways as they reported so many positive spin-offs.

The women experienced positive changes in short- and long-term physical and mental health including:

  • Significant improvements in cardiovascular fitness
  • Improved flexibility
  • Modest but significant reductions in their weight and body mass index
  • Hot flashes were effectively managed

“Growing evidence indicates that an active lifestyle with regular exercise enhances health, quality of life, and fitness in postmenopausal women,” says Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director.

“Documented results have shown fewer hot flashes and improved mood and that; overall, women are feeling better while their health risks decrease.”

This is especially good news for women who are reluctant to use hormones to manage their menopause symptoms.

So, lace up those training shoes and let’s clock some workout time.

Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) via

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