Sport prevents menopausal symptoms

An active middle-aged lifestyle makes women's menopause time easier

Middle aged movement helps to prevent the symptoms of menopause © Shironosov / thinkstock
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Sport against hot flashes: Exercise can prevent the annoying symptoms of menopause, as an extensive study in Latin America now suggests. Accordingly, women who exercise regularly in middle age suffer during menopause less often hot flashes, depression and Co. The menopausal symptoms are also less pronounced on them, as the researchers report.

Exercise is important to our health - that's nothing new. Even those who walk around for only two minutes per hour will prolong their lives. Sport also counteracts obesity and metabolic diseases, keeps the brain fit and helps against depression.

Now Juan Blümel and his colleagues from the Collaborative Group for Research of the Climacteric have demonstrated another positive effect of exercise and exercise - on the menopause. For their study, they questioned more than 6, 000 women in eleven Latin American countries about their menopausal symptoms, as well as their past lifestyle and especially their physical activity.

Couch potatos suffer more

The result: women with a more active lifestyle, who did 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week, suffered less from menopausal symptoms than their more immobile counterparts. Typical symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, sleep disorders and others were less common in active women. In addition, fewer of them belonged to the group of severely affected by menopausal symptoms, as the researchers report.

So far, the relationship between exercise and the severity of menopausal symptoms has been unclear and studies have yielded conflicting results, Blümel and his colleagues said. However, these new findings reinforce the assumption that sport and an active lifestyle could help women to better manage this transition. display

"Lots of advantages"

"Less hot flashes, less health problems and increased well-being - who does not want to benefit from these benefits, " commented JoAnn Pinkerton of the North American Menopause Society. In addition, exercise can effectively combat other health risks. "Regular physical activity lowers the risk of breast and colon cancer, dementia, heart attacks, stroke and depression, " says Pinkerton. It also prevents bone loss and strengthens the immune system.

The only catch: The inner bastard must be overcome and that is extremely difficult for many. (Menopause, 2016; doi: 10.1097 / GME.0000000000000575)

(The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), 01.02.2016 - NPO)