Women with sedentary lifestyles face a far greater risk for experiencing troublesome hot flashes at night, according to a small study presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting.
Approximately 80 percent of women experience hot flashes at night, the researchers said, adding that a greater number and severity of hot flashes have been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Sedentary behavior, which often is more prevalent as women age, also has been related to a greater risk for heart disease, the researchers continued.
In addition, increased frequency and severity of hot flashes also have been positively associated with clinical cardiovascular events and death from cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke.
Finally, nighttime hot flashes are associated with sleep disruptions and reduced sleep quality, both of which are also related to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Overall, the researchers reported that their results indicate that sedentary behavior is predictive of nighttime objective hot flashes.
They added, “Our take-home message is that although these results are preliminary, reducing sedentary time may reduce bothersome nighttime hot flashes in midlife women.”
And it may significantly improve cardiovascular health. More details are available at DrWalt.com.
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