Menopause Symptoms Study
In an article from the online magazine Menopause, researchers say middle-aged women who exercise fewer than three times per week report more severe menopause symptoms than those who get more exercise. Researchers reviewed the health records of more than 6000 women aged 40 to 59 years of age. Of the respondents, more than 63-percent reported a sedentary lifestyle, and of these, more than 16-percent reported more severe menopausal symptoms. The sedentary women also had more depressive symptoms, greater anxiety, and more insomnia. Although the analysis demonstrates an association between physical activity and menopausal symptoms, the authors say the study does not conclude if physical activity reduces menopausal symptoms or if menopausal symptoms reduce physical activity.