There is a relationship between the well-being of muscle tissue and hot flashes in menopause: what risks a woman can face
Our grandmothers often called them “caldane”. An intense sensation of heat rises from the chest towards the face, the skin turns red, the desire to take off clothes to try to cool off becomes uncontrollable. Hot flashes, sudden flows that appear in the period of menopause, go up towards the chest and face to give way to sudden redness, are one of the most common annoyances for women in this age of life.
Now a Korean research says that, at least on the statistical front, there would be a relationship with the well-being of muscle tissue. And, strange to say, those with more fragile muscles would have a lower risk of having problems of this type.
From sarcopenia to hot flashes
Muscle tissue tends to decline over the years. And sometimes the muscle loss can become so significant that it leads to a real distress, which experts call sarcopenia.
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Of course, in any case, when we grow the muscle grows with us, until it reaches its maximum peak around 30 years, after which it slowly begins to decrease. From the age of 70 onwards, about 15% of muscle mass is lost every 10 years. And in any case, over time, muscle strength and physical performance begin to decline around the age of 45-50. Over the age of 75 it is also possible that muscle strength is reduced by 60% and that physical function is up to 30% lower than in younger people.
Obviously, a careful diet, which does not penalize too much protein intake, and above all regular movement (to be proposed based on age and conditions) are the tools to obtain the best results in terms of prevention.
In women, then, we must not forget the importance of hormonal changes that occur with the end of the fertile age and precisely on this aspect the experts of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the College of Medicine of the University of Korea have focused. Seoul, who published the results of their analyzes in the scientific journal Menopause. The survey looked at just under 300 women between the ages of 40 and 65, evaluating the association between body composition, including fat and muscle, with hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Well, when the muscles are more “fragile” it seems that hot flashes are less intense and above all less frequent.
It should also be noted that progressively, with advancing age, women with muscle weakness tend to have several more risks, especially in terms of the possibility of movement, danger of falls and other conditions. It must also be said that the fight against overweight and the control of body weight are key strategies to control the situation: excesses of adipose tissue can obviously worsen the general well-being of the woman.
Flushing, night sweat and heart risk
Some time ago, sudden streams of heat and redness rising to the chest and face were also correlated with an increased risk of heart disease in women. According to research that appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and coordinated by Dongshan Zhu and Gita Mishra, women with intense hot flashes and night sweats, two of the most common disorders during the menopausal period, would have an increased risk up to 70 percent of suffering from angina attacks, heart attacks and even cerebral strokes.
The vasomotor symptoms of menopause, therefore, represent an element to be defined well with your gynecologist, as well as night sweats which, without any justification linked to the environmental temperature, appear suddenly to disturb the rest. Still according to the study, the real problem would not be the frequency of these disturbances, but rather their intensity. The data comes from an analysis that examined what was found in over half a million women followed in 25 different studies around the world.