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Exercise may help during menopause

April 29, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Menopause can be a very stressful time for women. 

Hot flashes, sleep alterations and changes in muscle mass as well as overall weight can be a source of frustration as hormones change and the way they regulate the body is impacted. Some of the changes are inevitable, but there are some that can be overcome, or at least minimized. 

There is exciting news from the Sydney, Australia where researchers have found that interval sprinting three times a week over two months can help reduce loss of muscle mass and increase fitness in women during this critical time. An example of interval sprinting is sprinting on an exercise bike for 20 minutes three times a week. 

There is good news and bad news in the study. The bad news is that only 40 women were involved, which is code for saying that more studies need to be performed. The bigger message, however, is that exercise helps.