Losing weight has been linked to numerous health benefits, but new research now shows another, added bonus: weight loss may also help to reduce the number of hot flashes in menopausal women.
A study recently published online in the journal of The North American Menopause Society, followed 40 overweight or obese women with hot flashes. The women represented in the study were both white and African-American. Hot flashes were assessed prior to and after the weight loss. The study confirmed that weight loss can hot flashes are associated, and a greater degree of weight loss is correlated with a degree of reduction in hot flashes.
A larger study with more data would help establish the degree of benefit, but for now the this new study confirms that healthy weight loss can remedy some hot flashes. If you are seeking help for your hot flashes, talk to your physician to discuss therapies and strongly consider incorporating a healthier lifestyle if needed. Visit Northwestern's menopause website here for more answers on hot flashes, therapies, and ideas of health-promoting behavior.
Source: The above is based on recent press release from The North American Menopause Society.
Rebecca C. Thurston, Linda J. Ewing, Carissa A. Low, Aimee J. Christie, Michele D. Levine. Behavioral weight loss for the management of menopausal hot flashes. Menopause, 2014; 1 DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000274