Even with the same obesity, if accompanied by metabolic diseases, symptoms of menopause significantly increase

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Even with the same obesity, menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, were found to increase significantly when accompanied by metabolic diseases.

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital Data Management Center Professor Ryu Seung-ho and Jang Yu-soo’s research team revealed this through an analysis of 4,600 premenopausal women between the ages of 42 and 52 who visited the comprehensive health checkup center between 2014 and 2018.

The research team first classified them into three groups according to body fat percentage, one of the indicators of obesity. As a result, compared to ▲normal body fat percentage (<25%), ▲mild obesity (30~34.9%) had 1.42 times more menopausal symptoms, and ▲moderate obesity (≥35%) had 1.6 times higher menopausal symptoms.

Next, the research team divided and compared the effect of obesity according to body fat percentage according to the presence or absence of metabolic disease indicators such as blood pressure and blood sugar.

First, ▲ metabolically healthy and moderately obese (≥35%) of body fat relative to normal body fat percentage increased the risk of menopausal symptoms by 1.34 times, while ▲ metabolically unhealthy and moderately obese (≥35%) body fat relative to normal body fat percentage The risk of developing menopausal symptoms increased by 3.61 times.

Through this, the research team confirmed that there is an interaction between body fat percentage and metabolic health level, and the occurrence of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats was much higher when body fat obesity and metabolic unhealthy conditions were accompanied.

Professor Ryu Seung-ho said, “There have been studies on the relationship between obesity and menopausal symptoms in menopausal women, but this is the first study to investigate the effect of obesity with metabolic disease on menopausal symptoms.”

Professor Jang Yoo-soo said, “It is important for pre-menopausal women to maintain a normal body fat percentage and maintain a metabolically healthy state in order to prevent the deterioration of the quality of life caused by menopausal symptoms and the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. do,” he said.

Meanwhile, this study was conducted as part of a prospective research project to identify risk factors for chronic diseases in menopausal women at the National Institutes of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. was published in

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