Weight Loss for Hot Flashes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Weight Loss, General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

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 a simple way to alleviate this frustrating symptom—and improve overall heath at the same time.

They followed a subgroup of overweight or obese menopausal women enrolled in an incontinence study 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 health 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 their hot flashes. The more weight and inches the women lost, the more relief they got. If hot flashes are a problem for you, try shedding a few pounds.

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. 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 suffered with hot flashes?

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