Sedentary Behavior May Increase Nighttime Hot Flashes
One of the most prevalent menopause symptoms—hot flashes, not only detract from a woman’s quality of life, but they’re also linked to a variety of health issues.
Physical inactivity is one of the critical risk factors for non-communicable disease mortality. Additionally, according to a recent study, sedentary behavior may raise the risk of nightly hot flashes.
The study findings will be officially revealed in Washington, DC, at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting.
We know that hot flashes are experienced by around 80% of women. According to some evidence, having more and more severe hot flashes is linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Sedentary behavior, becoming more common as women get older, is linked to a higher risk of heart disease. However, little research has looked into the impact of a sedentary lifestyle on hot flashes.
Those done have relied chiefly on self-reports and haven’t considered objective assessments of sedentary behavior or hot flashes.
The goal of this new study, including premenopausal, perimenopausal, and postmenopausal women, was to see if an objectively assessed sedentary lifestyle can predict both subjective and objective hot flash experiences.
According to preliminary findings, sedentary behavior predicts nocturnal objective hot flashes, regardless of time spent doing a moderate-to-intense activity.
Exercise physiologist at Smith College and co-author of the study, Dr. Sarah Witkowski, says it’s crucial to understand how sedentary behavior affects menopausal hot flashes because women reaching the menopause transition spend a considerable part of their daily activities inactive.
Understanding how sedentary behavior impacts hot flashes will assist women who suffer from them to get more scientifically proven lifestyle advice.
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