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18-04-2010 | Article

Moderate exercise improves mental, physical QoL in early menopause


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MedWire News: Study results indicate that a moderate exercise program improves the physical and mental well-being of late pre- and early postmenopausal women.

Pascale Mauriège from Laval University in Québec, Canada, and colleagues subjected 16 women with a median age of 49 years, and 14 women with a median age of 53 years, to 16 weeks of 45-minute walking sessions, three times a week.

Prior to the study, the women all exercised less than 30 minutes per week, and were moderately obese (body mass index [BMI] ranging from 29 to 35 kg/m2).

Body weight and body mass decreased by 1.6 and 4.0 percent, respectively, after exercise in all women, and cardiorespiratory fitness (measured by increased maximum oxygen consumption) increased by 19 percent.

Scores for the mental and physical components of the Short Form-36 Health Survey (to measure Health-Related Quality of Life) also both increased by 8.1 and 4.6 percent after exercise among all women.

The only reduced eating behavior was situational susceptibility, and neither the perceived stress nor sleep quality scores were altered by exercise.

Mauriège and team conclude that “moderate-intensity and moderate-frequency exercise, which could be easily integrated in life habits… seems to be sufficient to improve physical and mental well-being, irrespective of menopause status.”

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By Sarah Guy