Exercise at Menopause: A Critical Difference

Margaret Burghardt, MD

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Medscape General Medicine. 1999;1(3) 

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Hypertension Reduced by Physical Activity

Aerobic exercise has a positive effect in decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Physical activity that is moderate in intensity (eg, brisk walking, light tennis, or swimming) can lower systolic blood pressure by 10mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 8mm Hg.[35] Perimenopausal women with higher physical activity levels at baseline in one long-term study were found to gain less weight and have a smaller increase in blood pressure over time.[7]

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