-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Aug. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Easing hot flashes is
notamong the many benefits that exercise offers women, a new
The researchers looked at 248 women who were either approaching
menopause or were postmenopausal. They were divided into two
groups; 106 of them took part in aerobic exercise training three
times a week for 12 weeks while the remainder did their usual
All of the women kept daily diaries on their hot flashes, night
sweats, sleep quality, insomnia, and symptoms of depression and
The exercise program had small positive effects on sleep
quality, insomnia and depression, but had no significant effect on
hot flashes, the investigators found. White women in the exercise
program did show some improvement in hot flashes compared to white
women who did their usual activities, but this difference was not
seen in black women.
The researchers also found that women in the exercise group who
were more fit to begin with had greater improvement in their hot
flashes, according to the study published online July 31 in the
"Midlife women cannot expect exercise to relieve [hot flashes and night sweats] but may reasonably expect it to improve how they feel and their overall health," study author Barbara Sternfeld, of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, and colleagues wrote.
The findings support another recent study that concluded there
is no evidence that exercise reduces menopause-related hot flashes
and night sweats, according to a news release from the North
American Menopause Society.
The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about
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