by Sam Blanchard
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota quizzed 1,744 women about their menopausal symptoms, stress levels and mindfulness. Women who scored higher on the mindfulness scale suffered less with irritability, depression and anxiety, the researchers found. Mindfulness did not make women less likely to be upset by hot flushes or night sweats, however. The study's author, Dr Richa Sood, suggested people's personalities could be a bigger influence on how much they were emotionally affected by those symptoms. 'These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help women reduce menopausal symptoms and overall stress,' she said.
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Context: Mindfulness may be associated with fewer menopausal symptoms for women, according to a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric: The Journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers discovered that being mindful may be especially helpful for menopausal women struggling with irritability, anxiety and depression. “In this study, we found that midlife women with higher mindfulness scores experienced fewer menopausal symptoms,” says Mayo Clinic general internist and women's health specialist Richa Sood, M.D., the study's lead author. “These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help women reduce menopausal symptoms and overall stress.” You can read more about the study on Mayo Clinic News Network.