Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common symptoms associated with menopause. Up to 80% of women experience hot flashes and/or night sweats. This week on Fox 17, Dr. Bitner discusses how hot flashes are triggered and how to use exercise as a natural way to manage menopause symptoms.
Your brain regulates your body’s temperature, but estrogen narrows the comfortable zone. Hot flashes can be triggered by dehydration, high or low blood sugar, alcohol, excess body fat, and the adrenaline of sudden stress.
A recent study showed that women who regularly train with moderate exercise can cool faster, and hot flashes of menopause are shorter and less stressful. This effect was especially strong in women with depression.
Jane, 55, was still experiencing hot flashes. She also had a blood clot, so hormone therapy was not an option. During her appointment, Jane was happy to learn that exercise could help manage her symptoms. She began an exercise regime, increased her water intake, and added fiber to her daily breakfast. Within two weeks, Jane’s hot flashes (and overall quality of life!) started to improve.
Health Tip of the Week:
Don’t settle! Set the bar high for yourself and your well-being. Consider treatment with an FDA-approved bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If HRT is not an option, know that regular exercise and staying well hydrated can reduce hot flashes to a manageable level. Exercise, however, cannot be “one and done.” Make sure to incorporate a 25-minute exercise session into your schedule 3-4 times weekly. It is possible to feel great even throughout menopause!
Watch the full segment.