Women transitioning to menopause have an increased risk of metabolic syndrome

Healthy food, exercise potentially impede metabolic syndrome. New research has indicated the advantages of these two for post-menopausal women

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The research, disclosed in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, said that both healthy diet and exercise are crucial to a healthy transition to menopause for middle-aged women and these may help bring down their risks of type 2 diabetes and heart infections.

Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not known but genetic factors, too much body fat, and lack of exercise can add to its development.

“Previous studies have largely focused on cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. This study is unique because it focuses on an earlier stage in women’s lives, the menopausal transition in midlife, to potentially prevent such diseases from occurring,” said lead study author Jennifer S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford Medical Center and the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Stanford, California.

“Discovering which modifiable factors like physical activity and a lower calorie diet are more common in midlife women who recover from metabolic syndrome, in this study, could better inform what preventive strategies to consider in women earlier in their lives,” Lee added.

In the prospective, multi-ethnic cohort study, researchers studied 3,003 (1412 non-Hispanic White, 851 Black, 272 Japanese, 237 Hispanic, 231 Chinese) midlife women undergoing the transition to menopause.

They identified patterns of cardiometabolic risk and found central obesity to be the most common factor for causing metabolic syndrome.

They also found that lifestyle changes like more physical activity and a lower calorie diet could help patients recover from metabolic syndrome. Additionally, physically active women in the study were less likely to get incident metabolic syndrome than inactive women.

Source: Medical Xpress