Postmenopausal Black Women Have More Hot Flashes

Being black and younger predicted increased vasomotor symptoms

MONDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Postmenopausal black women exhibit more vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats than white women, according to study results presented at the North American Menopause Society's annual meeting in San Diego.

K.A. Paez, M.S.N., M.B.A., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, and colleagues evaluated baseline vasomotor symptoms in 75 black and 101 white postmenopausal women enrolled in a randomized trial of dietary soy supplements.

The researchers found the mean vasomotor score was significantly higher in black than white women. "A multiple linear regression analysis which controlled for BMI showed that race and age were significantly and independently predictive of increased vasomotor symptoms, explaining 8% of the variance," the authors write.

Providers should "discuss symptoms and need for treatment in postmenopausal [black] women," the authors write.

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