Exercise and Menopause

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Story Updated: Oct 10, 2013

Yoga is great exercise and good for stress relief. But researchers wanted to know if it could take the flame out of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

2-hundred-49 women were recruited and broken up into three groups: a yoga group, an aerobic exercise group, and one with usual activity only.

Half were also asked to take an Omega-3 supplement. The others were given a placebo.

The good news... the yoga helped a bit reducing insomnia symptoms. But it did nothing for hot flashes or night sweats.

The Omega-3s didn't help in any area.

The researchers say future trials should investigate how much yoga is needed to get a better night's sleep.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.