Women going through menopause might be able to improve their physical as well as mental well-being through a regular exercise program, according to a recent study published in the journal Menopause.
Weight loss, which is often troublesome for menopausal women, also might be accomplished more easily, the study showed.
The article pointed out that many women concerned about side effects don't want to take estrogen supplements, even though lowered estrogen levels are to blame for many of menopause's symptoms, including hot flashes and mood changes.
Instead, the study suggests, a regular exercise routine might be the perfect replacement.
The study examined 234 women between the ages of 45 and 64 who had spent at least a year being sedentary. They were enrolled in a 20-week exercise program, which ended with positive results.
“Growing evidence indicates that an active lifestyle with regular exercise enhances health, quality of life, and fitness in postmenopausal women,”
Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said.
“Documented results have shown fewer hot flashes and improved mood and that, overall, women are feeling better while their health risks decrease.”
The study participants also showed significant if modest reductions in their body mass index and weight.
Exercise shown to ease menopause symptoms
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