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. 2015 Jan;80(1):69-74.
doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.09.009. Epub 2014 Sep 30.

Physical Activity and Menopause-Related Quality of Life - A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study

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Physical Activity and Menopause-Related Quality of Life - A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study

Kirsi Mansikkamäki et al. Maturitas. .

Abstract

The aim of the research was to study the association between engagement in the recommended level of physical activity and quality of life (QoL) among middle-aged women. In total, 2606 Finnish women aged 49 years responded to a postal questionnaire on lifestyle, quality of life, and health, wherein QoL was assessed with a shorter version of the menopause-specific Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ). Proportional odds ratios (PORs) from ordered logistic regression models were used to test the association between the physical-activity and WHQ domains or three quality-of-life variables. Physically inactive women had an increased probability of anxiety/depressed mood (POR 1.44; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.26-1.65), of decreased well-being (POR 1.96; 95% CI 1.71-2.25), of somatic symptoms (POR 1.61; 95% CI 1.40-1.85), of memory/concentration problems (POR 1.48; 95% CI 1.29-1.70), and of vasomotor symptoms (POR 1.19; 95% CI 1.03-1.36) as compared to physically active women. Women with the recommended level of physical activity had a higher self-perceived health level, better relative health, and better global quality of life in relation to other women their age. Physically active women showed higher quality of life in four menopause-specific WHQ dimensions and in global quality of life when compared to inactive women.

Keywords: Menopausal women; Physical activity; Quality of life.

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