Exercise ‘can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women’

New research has shown how regular exercise can help menopausal women lose weight and control symptoms such as hot flushes, even in women who previously led sedentary lifestyles.

Scientists from the University of Granada, Spain, who carried out the research, explained that decreased oestrogen levels during the menopause transition often cause both physical and mental health issues that can negatively affect a woman's overall quality of life.

The research focused on 234 Spanish postmenopausal women aged between 45 and 64 years, who had at least 12 months of sedentary behaviour and engaged in a supervised 20-week exercise programme for the study.

After the intervention, the participants experienced positive changes in both short and long-term physical and mental health, including significant improvements in their cardiovascular fitness and flexibility.

In addition, they achieved modest but significant reductions in their weight and body mass index, and their hot flushes were effectively managed. The researchers said this is particularly relevant for women who are reluctant to use hormones to manage their menopause symptoms.

Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, North American Menopause Society executive director, said: “Growing evidence indicates that an active lifestyle with regular exercise enhances health, quality of life, and fitness in postmenopausal women. Documented results have shown fewer hot flushes and improved mood and that, overall, women are feeling better while their health risks decrease.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801832749-ADNFCR