It’s hot here today. I think it’s at least 95 degrees. Great if you have time to spend it at the beach but not if you just moved into a new home (5 weeks ago now) and still have boxes sitting in the hallway. I am making a pledge, right now, to get those unpacked, as soon as I finish this post.
But the darn heat is making it hard to do anything today. Even with my air-conditioning turned on, I still feel HOT. Its like someone turned my body thermometer up a notch and I can’t cool off no matter what I wear or do. It’s time to turn on that little fan beside my desk.
Eric is laughing at me now. He says, “Yeah, you’re hot… and gives me a wink.” Damn him.
No, this isn’t a hot flash per se, but I think hot flashes take on different forms. Don’t you? Sometimes it’s a tidal wave of heat but other times I just feel like I have on a thick coat of skin that I can’t take off. I usually feel like this after a weekend of entertaining and eating. Indulging and drinking more than I usually do. Its like my body needs a detox.
This is interesting to me because in a pilot study just announced last week by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the researchers found that overweight women can reduce their hot flashes if they lose weight. They actually found a correlation between the amount of fat in a woman’s body and frequency of hot flashes they have. Losing weight helped them to have less hot flashes.
Makes sense to me but not in the way you might think. Here’s why… I think when we try to lose weight we adopt better eating habits (temporarily) to get those pounds to come off. With acute weight loss, we eat better and… ta-da…we feel better too. A heathier lifestyle provides lots of benefits in addition to having less hot flashes. But I am sure that losing weight helps, too. Larger studies will further test that theory.
I’m just wondering though, do you think the possibility of reducing hot flashes is enough incentive to keep the weight off?
Source: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society
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