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GPs should ‘advise weight loss for hot flushes’

By Nigel Praities

US researchers have found a intensive weight loss programme has a significantly favourable effect on the frequency of hot flushes during menopause.

The results of their six-month trial in 338 women who were overweight showed that for each 5kg in weight lost there was a 32% increased likelihood of an improvement in hot flushes, compared with controls.

In contrast, changes in physical activity, calorie intake, blood pressure and physical and mental functioning were not related to any improvements in hot flushes.

The researchers concluded: 'Our findings suggest that women who are overweight or obese and have bothersome hot flushes may be counseled that behavioral weight loss efforts may decrease the burden of their symptoms.'

Arch Intern Med 2010; 170: 1161-1167?

GPs should advise weight loss for hot flushes