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      Physical activity and menopause-related quality of life - a population-based cross-sectional study.

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          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.

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          Journal
          Maturitas
          Maturitas
          1873-4111
          0378-5122
          Jan 2015
          : 80
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [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.
          Article
          S0378-5122(14)00296-5
          10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.09.009
          25449820
          Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

          Menopausal women, Physical activity, Quality of life

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