You can reduce the symptoms of menopause if you follow ‘this’ well

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital research team (from left) Professor Ryu Seung-ho, Professor Jang Yu-su, and Dr. Choi Hye-rin (Courtesy of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital)

In premenopausal menopausal women, a new study shows that people who follow ideal cardiovascular health rules can prevent hot flashes and night sweats, the official journal of the American Endocrinology Association, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, IF= 5.958).

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital (President Shin Hyun-cheol) Data Management Center Professor Seung-ho Ryu, Yu-su Jang, and Dr. Hye-rin Choi research team conducted a study on 2,500 premenopausal women aged 42 to 52 who visited the Gangbuk Samsung Hospital General Health Center between 2014 and 2018. A mean follow-up of 4.5 years was performed.

The research team scored one point for the ideal cardiovascular health guidelines defined by the American Heart Association, and the higher the score, the more ideal cardiovascular health habits.

(▲Non-smoking or past smoking, ▲Body mass index <23kg/m2, ▲Moderate or higher physical activity, ▲Total cholesterol <200 mg/dL, ▲Blood pressure <120/80 mmHg, ▲Fasting blood sugar <100mg/dL, ▲Healthy eating habits )

In addition, hot flashes and night sweats, which are vasomotor symptoms among menopausal symptoms, were measured through a questionnaire, and those who felt distress with 3 or more points on a scale from 1 to 7 were defined as having moderate or more vasomotor symptoms.

As a result, the risk of developing premenopausal vasomotor symptoms was approximately 41% higher in those with an unhealthy lifestyle (points 0-2) than those with a healthy lifestyle (points 5-6). In particular, the risk of developing moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms was found to be about 57% higher. In other words, maintaining a high cardiovascular health score can prevent vasomotor symptoms that occur later.

“About 80% of menopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats,” said Professor Ryu Seung-ho of the Data Management Center. “This study is the first study focusing on prevention of menopausal symptoms,” he said, emphasizing the significance of this study.

Professor Jang Yu-soo of the Data Management Center said, “We will continue to do our best to contribute to improving the quality of life of middle-aged women through research on prevention of menopausal symptoms.”

Meanwhile, this study was carried out with the support of the National Institutes of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s prospective research project to identify risk factors for chronic diseases in menopausal women.

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