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Maturitas. 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.

Author information

1
UKK Institute for Health Promotion, Tampere, Finland; University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland. Electronic address: kirsi.mansikkamaki@uta.fi.
2
UKK Institute for Health Promotion, Tampere, Finland; School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
3
Finnish Cancer Registry, Finland.
4
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.
5
UKK Institute for Health Promotion, Tampere, Finland; National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland.

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

PMID:
25449820
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.09.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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