Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, director, Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory, professor of psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, and clinical and translational science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania.
Because body fat can convert male hormones into estrogen, many people have long assumed that heavy women have an estrogen reserve that helps prevent menopausal hot flashes. But: Recent research contradicts that notion. According to a study of 1,776 women ages 47 to 59, those who had a higher percentage of body fat were more likely to experience hot flashes and night sweats than those with less body fat.
Bottom Line: If you are carrying extra pounds, try losing some weight. Not only will it improve your health, it just might help your hot flashes.