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The weight on hot flushes

Women experiencing hot flushes during menopause could find that an intensive weight loss program has a significantly favorable effect on reducing their frequency, say researchers from the University of California. In a six-month trial including 338 overweight women, the researchers found that for every five-kilogram loss in weight, there was a 32 percent increase in likelihood of an improvement in hot flushes compared with a control group of overweight women who took part in a health education program only. Changes in physical activity, calorie intake, blood pressure, and physical and mental functioning over the six months were, however, not shown to have any relationship to improvements in hot flushes. “Our findings suggest that women who are overweight or obese and have bothersome hot flushes may be counseled that behavioral weight loss efforts may decrease the burden of their symptoms,” researchers say in the July 2010 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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