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Effect of exercise combined with phytoestrogens on quality of life in postmenopausal women.
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PMID:  21864137     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT Background Postmenopausal women seem to favor alternative therapies such as exercise and phytoestrogens as a substitute for potentially harmful hormone replacement therapy. Based on previous research, we hypothesized that phytoestrogens combined with exercise could have a synergic effect on women's health. Objective To verify whether phytoestrogens enhance the response to mixed training regarding menopausal symptoms and quality of life in postmenopausal women. Methods From a pool of women participating in a 6-month randomized, controlled exercise study, 21 received a placebo (mean age 58.3 ± 5.4 years, body mass index 29.8 ± 5.1 kg/m(2)) and 19 received phytoestrogen supplements (mean age 60.1 ± 3.4 years; body mass index 30.3 ± 4.6 kg/m(2)). Body weight, fat mass and lean body mass (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) were assessed. Quality of life was estimated by the Short Form-36 (SF-36) and Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10) questionnaires, and menopausal symptoms by the Kupperman index. All measurements were performed before and after the intervention. Results Although the Kupperman index and PSS-10 remained unchanged in both groups, the SF-36 Physical Component Summary and almost all the SF-36 subscales (except for role-emotional and mental health) increased only in the exercise group taking phytoestrogens (0.001 < p < 0.04). Conclusion While phytoestrogens combined with mixed exercise were not sufficient to improve menopausal symptoms, it seemed to be a better strategy than exercise alone to improve the general quality of life in postmenopausal women.
E Riesco; S Choquette; M Audet; D Tessier; I J Dionne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Climacteric : the journal of the International Menopause Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1473-0804     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
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Created Date:  2011-8-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9810959     Medline TA:  Climacteric     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
* Faculty of Physical Education and Sports, University of Sherbrooke , Sherbrooke , Quebec.
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