Diabetes Forecast

Exercise for Fewer Hot Flashes

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

Dennis Ryan/Mittera

Hot flashes—feelings of sudden, intense heat and sweating—often cause discomfort for women experiencing menopause (usually around age 50). But exercise might reduce or even eliminate those episodes. Researchers examined 21 menopausal women who were having hot flashes. At the end of the trial, women who exercised for 16 weeks reported having 48 fewer flashes per week, and less-severe discomfort when the flashes did occur. The exercise group also had lower body temperatures and heart rates, with less excess sweating and blood flow to the skin, which contributes to the discomfort.
Source: The Journal of Physiology, published online Dec. 17, 2015



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