Obesity and fat distribution in relation to hot flashes in Dutch women from the DOM-project

I. den Tonkelaar, J C Seidell, P.A.H. van Noord

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Abstract

The authors studied obesity and fat distribution in relation to the occurrence of hot flashes in a population-based study comprising 2904 women aged 40-44 and 569 women aged 54-69 presenting for mammographic screening (the DOM-project). Women aged 40-44 in the upper tertiles of Quetelet's index and waist/hip ratio reported hot flashes significantly more often than women in the respective lower tertiles. These associations were independent of each other and independent of age. After adjustment for age, waist/hip ratio and menopausal status, the odds ratio comparing the upper tertile of Quetelet's index to the lower tertile was 1.70 (95% confidence interval, 1.30-2.21). After adjustment for age, Quetelet's index and menopausal status, the odds ratio comparing the upper tertile of waist/hip ratio to the lower tertile was 1.37 (95% CI, 1.05-1.78). In women aged 54-69 no significant associations between Quetelet's index and complaints of hot flashes were observed. Women in the upper tertile of waist/hip ratio reported hot flashes more often than women in the lower tertile, but this result was not significant (OR 1.38; 95% CI, 0.87-2.22).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-5
Number of pages5
JournalMaturitas
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1996

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Body Constitution
  • Body Mass Index
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Climacteric
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Mammography
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Obesity
  • Odds Ratio
  • Prevalence
  • Comparative Study
  • Journal Article

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