Exercise Helps Menopause Symptoms and Quality of Life
Friday, January 30, 2015 10:07 PM

Middle-aged women who exercise regularly report a higher quality of life and reduced symptoms of menopause, according to a population-based study.  "Women with the recommended level of physical activity had a higher self-perceived health level, better relative health, and better global quality of life in relation to other women their age.” authors report.

The investigators surveyed 2606 women from Finland's population registry, representing a 52% response rate from an original random sample of 5000 women. The researchers considered women to be physically active if they met the recommended 2.5 hours per week of moderate activity (eg, fast-paced walking) or 1.25 hours of vigorous activity (such as jogging or running), and if they also did any strength or balance training at least twice a week. Just more than half of the participants (51%) met the definition of being physically active.

The less-active women were more likely to score highly for anxiety or depressed mood, somatic symptoms not counting vasomotor symptoms, and memory and concentration problems. Vasomotor symptoms, or hot flashes, were more common in less-active women before adjusting for body mass index and education, but after these calculations, they were not statistically significant.

Overall, the more active women had greater self-perceived health compared with other women their age.

Source:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/837294