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Hot Flashes Ease With Age and Weight

Hot flashes are the bane of many women’s lives at menopause, now it seems you just have to wait them out – and put on weight!

AnnA Rushton

Rebecca Thurston, PhD of the University of Pittsburgh, is the person bringing us this cheery news based on her recent study of women over 60. She recently published her conclusions in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Previous research on perimenopausal women has shown that heavier women tend to have more hot flashes, which is why it is often suggested that women lose weight in order to control them. Indeed oestrogen dominance is often cited as a frequent cause of hot flashes and rebalancing the body’s hormones so that oestrogen and progesterone are in harmony is often all that it takes to reduce them. However, this new research is based on the fact that after a woman reaches menopause, and her ovaries no longer produce estrogen, it now seems that the heavier the woman is, the fewer hot flashes she experiences.

Before you break out the chocolates, remember this only applies to women over the age of 60, as Thurston’s findings show no benefit to women younger than this. This is a small scale study of only 52 women who were having hot flashes and not taking any medication that might affect them. Thurston concluded: “Our study showed that higher adiposity, BMI and waist circumference were associated with fewer physiologically-assessed hot flashes among older postmenopausal women with hot flashes.”

It also seemed that the link between body weight and hot flashes was most pronounced among Caucasian women, and other ethic groups again did not show the same benefit.

Now you can break out the chocolates!

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Dzintra Meier | 10:14 pm, September 22nd, 2011

My hot flashes started when I was 46 and now I’m 53 and it’s worse then ever.Finally my daughter feeling sorry for me started searching in Internet for help, She found this Serenity cream and bought it for me. I did as it was said,to use pee size of it in the evening and morning. It eased my problems a bit but not as much as I was hoping for,so I stopped using it.But after that my nightmare with sweating and hot flashes started again and I was desperate to get help. Then I read comments about this cream again and more information. So I found out that actually I should use more of it if the condition is severe. So I ordered my new jar of Serenity cream and started using it again . Applied fair amount twice a day and miracle happened,it worked.I finally got my problem under control and I’m relaxed and happy with life again. I recommend it now to all my friends who needs help.

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helen | 10:00 pm, November 18th, 2011

nothing has worked for me i have been like this for 9yrs and just seem to be getting worse the sweats are very bad night or day their is no set pattern for them nothing i eat or drink helps its just nature and when it happens u just have to not fight it just relax. some days i feel bad i mean sad i could cry all day and night but i just fight on with it. all u women out there stay positive and help each other through this terrrible time. men will never understand how bad it is .

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susan | 12:35 pm, April 4th, 2012

my menopose started at 46 and am 50 in july my hot sweats are terrible i feel am going to faint that scares me i get tingerly on my hands and face iam on tablets now but still get hot sweats i do hope i help others and you can help me thank you

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helen | 6:56 pm, April 4th, 2012

hi i must say i have not found any one with helpful info on the hot sweats not even a doctor they just dont know enough about the menopause and how long it goes on for i asked my own doctor and she could not give me an answer on how long it goes on so can some one out there tell me please. helen

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wellsprings | 7:58 pm, April 4th, 2012

Helen – sadly there is no way of telling how long menopause lasts. Hot flushes and sweats do vary in each individual woman and so does their intensity and how long they last.

Many women do get relief from rebalancing their hormones with bioidentical natural progesterone, and others find they need the small amount of natural oestrogen’s found in 20-1.

Acupuncture, herbalism and homoeopathy have all been helpful, as is stress reduction, but it is really a question of trial and error for many women.

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Carol | 7:49 pm, June 21st, 2012

I am 56 now and have been having hot slashes for many many years – every 90 mins day and night without let-up. I have today started my 3rd month with Serenity and have found it to help slightly – I say slightly as I have noticed that when I stop using the cream for the 6 day break my flashes are ‘HOT’ but with the cream they are less so intense. I am hoping that with use in the long run the flashes will decrease, but funny thing is every night when I get in bed, whether that be 10pm or 11.30 – whatever within about 10 mins of lights out I get a massive flash… wonder why that is – can someone tell me when peri-menopause becomes post menopause, is that age defined or something else….

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Carol | 7:50 pm, June 21st, 2012

lol, I mean hot FLASHES not slashes….. sorry

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Jane | 8:59 pm, June 21st, 2012

Hi Carol, I read your comment and can totally relate to your predicament. As soon as I get into bed and get comfortable and ready to dose off, I roll over (usually on my tummy) and within 30 seconds to 1 minute, I get a hot flush and have to turn on my back. What I miss the most is cuddles from my husband before I go to sleep. He seems to generate an enormous amount of heat from his body and our cuddle usually don’t last for very long. I’ve had hot flushes 2 weeks after I turned 50, I’m now 57 and it’s not getting any better. Summers are my worst enemy. When I should be out enjoying the extra daylight hours, I’m hibernating indoors with the aircon just to survive the intensity of the hot flushes which I seem to endure more frequently and intensely. Hang in there, and just keep smiling.

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AnnA Rushton | 10:55 pm, June 21st, 2012

Although used to describe the whole process of ovulation and periods becoming erratic and hormonal changes occurring, it is actually when your periods have finally ceased Carol. If you are on month 3 and struggling with the break, we suggest you go for 1-2 months with no break or one of only 2-3 days in order to really establish good progesterone levels and get your flushes under control. Sadly stress plays a major part in flushes, and if on going to bed you are thinking or worrying about getting a hot flush that is often enough to bring one on so try to maintain as much calm as you can. You might also find this article helpful:
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2010/03/15/the-three-main-reasons-why-women-get-hot-flashes/

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Virginia | 9:23 pm, September 29th, 2012

I had hot flashes that used to wet my hair blankets and sheets…it was horrible….since before 50. I am now 57 and 2 years ago i started hrt therapy. My crying sadness and flashes went away after 2 days…i never wanted to take hormones but this was the only way i found relief from my nightmare. now i am trying to slowly get off of them…Girls there is a way, HRT therapy,not the natural ones but synthetic. prempro. it took years for me to find a doctor to understand and relieve me…..you don’t have to suffer, there is a way……

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Constance Reed | 4:26 am, November 28th, 2012

Hi my name is Constance I’m 49 yrs old I been having hot flashes for about 3yrs now they are really bad alot of things have chamge for me lack of sleep make me feel so flushed sweating like crazy.

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