Effect of Exercise on Hot Flashes

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A new study was performed to show the effect of exercise on hot flashes among women going through menopause. Study included 248 women randomized into two groups, one group that exercised three times per week for 12 weeks and other group that did their usual activity. All the women included in the study were going through menopause or had already gone through it. Confounders were reduced by only including women that were already presenting frequent hot flashes at the start of the study. Participants were told to keep track of the number and severity of hot flashes using daily diary. Researchers found no connection between exercise and reduction in hot flashes. Author of the study still recommended women to exercise because of its beneficial effects on other menopausal symptoms such as depression and insomnia. What are your thoughts about these findings?

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