Treating Hot Flashes With Weight Loss

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Filed Under: Weight Loss, General Health
Last Reviewed 06/25/2014

Weight loss can help to decrease hot flashes.Hot flashes, which affect roughly two out of three menopausal women and can last for more than five years, are annoying at best and downright unbearable at worst. Fortunately, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco have found that effectively treating hot flashes can be as simple as losing some weight.

They followed a subgroup of overweight or obese menopausal women enrolled in an incontinence study who reported having bothersome hot flashes. Two-thirds of these women were instructed on healthy weight loss options and given meal plans and coupons for diet foods; they were also asked to log their daily exercise in a journal. The other third received minimal instructions regarding weight loss and dieting.

After six months, the ladies in the intensive weight loss program had dropped an average of 16 pounds and reduced their waist size by two inches. As a result, more than half reported significant improvements in treating hot flashes. The more weight loss and inches they lost, the more relief they got. If treating hot flashes is difficult for you, weight loss may be a great option. 

One of the best programs for weight loss I’ve come across in my more than 30 years of practicing medicine is the mini-fast with exercise.  Hormone replacement and herbs such as black cohosh, and dong quai have also proven beneficial for treating hot flashes. Natural hormones require a prescription and these herbs can be found in health food stores. Use as directed.

Now it's your turn: Have you tried treating hot flashes? What's worked for you?

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