A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine has revealed that hot flashes experienced by most of the menopausal women can be lessened by weight loss through diet and exercise.
Researchers have earlier discovered that fat women are more prone to experience hot flashes; however, they could not discover the reason for this. They estimated that may be the excess fat trap the heat, which in turn, results in more sweating and flushing. Another expected reason can be the abnormal reaction of blood vessels to heat among the women with excess fat.
Alisan Huang, the author of the study told that the study took 338 sufferers of hot flashes into consideration. On an average, the body mass of these women was 37. All of them were then rendered weekly weight loss counseling. The counseling included an exercise instruction, meal replacement and proper diet plan. Other than this intensive counseling, there was a control group as well, which only attended seminars on nutrition for a month long duration.
It was found that counseling led to more weight loss among the women, when compared to that of the control group, and it also proved that women reducing more pounds also got more relief from their hot flashes.
Ms. Alisan said that hot flushes reduce the quality of life of a women and shedding off extra fat makes it possible to lead an active life during menopause.