A Surprise or Two About Menopause

A new study from Australia suggests that the duration of bothersome hot flashes may last considerably longer than has previously be reported. The investigators reanalyzed data from 438 women in a longitudinal, population-based study who had completed 13 years of follow-up.

The average duration of bothersome menopausal symptoms for women who had never used horomone replacement therapy (HRT) was 5.2 years. When women who used HRT were included, the average duration was 5.5 years.

The only factor that was associated with the duration of hot flashes was regular physical activity–the more the physical activity, the shorter the symptom duration!

Positive Tip: Get at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity each day. You can break that time into several 20 minutes sessions!