Vasomotor Symptoms: More Than Temporary Menopausal Symptoms

J Menopausal Med. 2020 Dec;26(3):147-153. doi: 10.6118/jmm.20030.


Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), such as hot flashes and night sweating, are classic menopausal symptoms experienced by a majority of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. VMS have received a great deal of attention due to their relationship with cardiometabolic risk. Further, accumulating evidence indicates that VMS are associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases, including metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus, nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases, and osteoporosis in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. These findings suggest VMS as biomarkers of impaired cardiometabolic conditions rather than just temporary symptoms in menopausal women, warranting further studies to confirm the casual relationship of VMS with these diseases and the exact underlying mechanism in this context.

Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases; Hot flashes; Menopause; Metabolic syndrome; Vasomotor symptoms.

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