Can you Exercise Your Hot Flashes Away? A Journal Club with Dr. Maria Sophocles

Season 3, Episode 128,   May 16, 12:30 AM

While not everyone is necessarily good about regular physical activity, no one questions that it’s good for you. Cardiovascular health, weight management, cognitive function, mood, better sleep and even reducing the risk of many kinds of cancer are all established benefits to moving as opposed to sitting on your butt all day. But, when it comes to the impact of exercise when it comes to reducing hot flashes, the jury is still out. 

Dr. Maria Sophocles is the Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton. She is a certified menopause practitioner and has a particular interest in non-hormonal approaches to help with menopause symptoms.  In this episode, we discussed a study that was recently published in the Journal Menopause titled “The influence of habitual physical activity and sedentary behavior on objective and subjective hot flashes at midlife” 

Link to article: Witkowski, Sarah PhD1; White, Quinn BA1; Shreyer, Sofiya MA2; Brown, Daniel E. PhD3; Sievert, Lynnette Leidy PhD2. The influence of habitual physical activity and sedentary behavior on objective and subjective hot flashes at midlife. Menopause

  • Chat about South by Southwest Panel
  • Dr. Sophocles Ted Talk
  • What research shows as far as exercise and hot flashes
  • The Menopause Society’s statement on exercise and yoga 
  • How hot flashes are measured in studies
  • Perceived hot flashes versus actual hot flashes
  • Findings of this study 
  • Dr. Sophocles research with EmberWave™

                                                  Maria Sophocles MD

                                 Ted Talk-

For more information on this topic: 

Episode 2:Think Your Hot Flashes Can't Kill You? Think Again!

Episode 53 Not All Hot Flashes  Mean Menopause 

Episode 82 Journal Club with Mary Jane Minkin

Episode 87 Will THAT Really Help Your Hot Flashes? Lifestyle and other Interventions

Episode 95 Non-hormonal options to treat VMS- Herbs Spices &Wishful Thinking 

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Sheryl Kingsberg

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Lauren Streicher, MD is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the founding medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause. She is a certified menopause practitioner of the North American Menopause Society. 


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