Do we need to prescribe exercise differently for premenopausal and postmenopausal women?
The article by Kretzschmar et al 1 in this issue of Menopause details a study investigating the effect of a mild-intensity aerobic exercise training program on markers of mortality risk in both pre- and post-menopausal African American women. The findings of this study showed that aerobic exercise training was successful in improving some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality in post-menopausal women. The premise of this study, however, does suggest that increased exercise intensity may be required in post-menopausal women as opposed to pre-menopausal women to achieve the same decreased changes in CVD markers. The outcome of the study is thus of interest to the readers of Menopause and to all those who provide health care to postmenopausal women, as it suggests that higher levels of exercise intensity or perhaps additional interventions may need to be considered in this population to further decrease mortality risk. The study therefore, has greater implications than simply the suggestion of tailoring exercise interventions generally; rather, the publication highlights the importance of prescribing exercise as medicine in a tailored fashion for women depending on their menopausal status.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||exercise, menopause, women, older women, pre-menopausal, post-menopausal|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Primary (Preventative) (111002)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 The North American Menopause Society.|
|Copyright Statement:||Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.|
|Deposited On:||09 Apr 2014 03:30|
|Last Modified:||17 Jul 2015 20:18|
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