Nighttime hot flashes: Not just menopause, they could be a side effect of these bad habits

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Spending too much time in sessions would increase the incidence of nocturnal hot flashes in postmenopausal women

According to this new study, spending too much time sitting would increase the incidence of nighttime hot flashes in menopausal women

Le hot flashes, one of the most common symptoms related to the transition of women from childbearing age to menopause, not only affect the quality of life, but are also connected to numerous more serious health problems. A new study now shows that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the likelihood of hot flashes at night.

About 80% of women worldwide have experience with hot flashes. Some data suggest that a higher occurrence and severity of hot flashes is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems. A sedentary lifestyle, often led by menopausal women, is also linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Few studies however have evaluated the effect of one sedentary lifestyle on the frequency of hot flashes.

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This just published, in fact, is the first to determine whether a sedentary lifestyle is actually the cause of nocturnal hot flashes in women. the researchers involved pre-menopausal, post-menopausal and post-menopausal women: the results collected show that a sedentary lifestyle is really the cause of more frequent nocturnal hot flashes, regardless of the physical activity practiced by women.

Since women tend to spend most of their days in sedentary activities during the transition from childbearing age to menopause, it is important to understand how much this lifestyle can affect hot flashes - explains the doctor. Sarah Witkowski, author of the study. - Understanding the influence of lifestyle on hot flashes can improve the quality of the recommendations we provide to our patients struggling with menopausal disorders.

The study was conducted by North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving women's health and quality of life by understanding the complex phenomenon of menopause and its symptoms. It includes over 2.000 experts in various fields (medicine, sociology, psychology, nutrition sciences) who provide professional advice and answer the most common questions of women facing menopause.

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Fonte: The North American Menopause Society

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