Women Can “Work Out” Hot Flashes
From researchers at Penn State comes the latest news flash about hot flashes: women who work out have fewer of them. How do they know? A Penn State news release reports that researchers at the school studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days. The women, who were 40 to 59 years old and had no hormone therapy, were monitored for physical activity and skin temperature, and also asked to record their own hot flashes when they felt them. Curiously, many of the hot flashes recorded by the women failed to register on the monitoring equipment, suggesting that many hot flashes are more subjective than real. And while it might seem that exercising would raise body temperature and increase the number of hot flashes, the researchers found the opposite to be true. The women experienced fewer hot flashes after exercising. Read more from Penn State. In another study, researchers have found that meditation can chill hot flashes.