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The Relationship Between Exercise, Body Mass Index and Menopausal Symptoms in Midlife Australian Women

Mirzaii Najmabadi, Khadigeh, Anderson, Debra J., & Barnes, Margaret (2006) The Relationship Between Exercise, Body Mass Index and Menopausal Symptoms in Midlife Australian Women. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12(1), pp. 28-34.

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Abstract

The main objective of the study was to examine the relationship between physical activity and Body Mass Index (BMI) on menopausal symptoms in Australian midlife women. This study is a secondary data analysis of the Queensland Midlife Women Health Study (2001), which included a randomized, population-based postal survey with a questionnaire. Selected women completed a questionnaire, which included measurement of sociodemographic factors (age, employment and education attainment), general health, use of hormone replacement therapy, smoking, exercise pattern and BMI. The measures that are reported in this paper include menopausal symptoms, BMI and exercise. After adjusting for confounding variables, significant multivariate difference was still found for most menopausal symptoms, including a significant relationship between somatic symptoms, psychological symptoms, depression and anxiety. No significant relationship was seen, however, between vasomotor symptoms, sexual function and exercise. In conclusion, the study showed that exercise was effective in relieving somatic and psychological symptoms, including depression and anxiety. These findings are promising news for women who are interested in using on-pharmacological interventions for relieving menopausal symptoms.

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ID Code: 22271
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This study was supported by Queensland University of Technology Early Career Research Grant.
Keywords: Body Mass Index, Exercise, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopausal Symptoms
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00547.x
ISSN: 1322-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Primary (Preventative) (111002)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 23:09
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:27

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