Physical function poorer following menopause 更年期後身體功能較差

Wed, Sep 05, 2012 - Page 10

As women go through the menopause, they may see a decline in their ability to carry out routine tasks such as climbing stairs and carrying heavy things, according to a US study.

Exactly why is not clear, though weight gain and depression seem to account for the link to a degree, said researchers whose findings were published in the journal Menopause.

“There is definitely a connection between menopause and the physical limitations women perceive themselves as having,” said lead researcher Lisa Tseng, a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tseng said her findings suggest that the physiological changes of menopause play a role. A woman’s body tends to go through physical changes with an increase in fat and decrease in muscle mass. With a decline in estrogen, bone mass also falls.

Men also lose muscle mass and strength as they age, but studies have found that a reduction in women’s physical strength seems to speed up around the menopause.

(Reuters)

根據一項美國研究指出,女性走過更年期時,可能會看到做爬樓梯與提重物等例行工作的能力下滑。

在《更年期》期刊刊登發現的研究人員說,實際原因並不清楚,不過體重增加與憂鬱症狀似乎可以解釋些許關聯。

首席研究員、匹茲堡大學醫學系學生麗莎.曾(譯音)說:「更年期與女性認為自己身體受到限制之間絕對有關聯。」

麗莎.曾表示,她的發現顯示,更年期的生理改變造成這種作用。女性的身體組成似乎會隨著脂肪增加以及肌肉質量降低而改變,隨著雌激素減少,骨質密度也會降低。

男性也會隨著年紀增長流失肌肉密度與力量,但研究發現女性力量的減少似乎會在更年期左右加速。

(路透/翻譯:國際新聞中心)