Women wanted for study


Older Auck­land women are be­ing sought for a study look­ing at the ef­fects of ex­er­cise on menopause.

Univer­sity of Auck­land pro­fes­sor Heather Smith, along with other aca­demics and post­grad­u­ate stu­dents be­gan a six-month study in March look­ing at what ef­fects pre-menopause ex­er­cise had in the long term.

Menopause is a nor­mal con­di­tion ex­pe­ri­enced by women when they stop men­stru­at­ing, oc­cur­ring be­tween the ages of 45 and 55.

Menopause symp­toms can in­clude mus­cle loss and weaker bones.

The study hopes to find out if ex­er­cise be­fore menopause could re­duce these symp­toms, and in­crease un­der­stand­ing of mus­cle changes due to ex­er­cise in mid­dleaged women.

Smith said that, while the study had at­tracted a num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, they were still in need of women be­tween 50 and 65 years old to vol­un­teer.

Held at the univer­sity’s Ta­maki In­no­va­tion Cam­pus, par­tic­i­pants learn about their mus­cle health and fit­ness with three ses­sions a week of phys­i­cal as­sess­ments and su­per­vised ex­er­cise ses­sions aimed at in­creas­ing mus­cle fit­ness.

Smith said par­tic­i­pants would re­ceive a sum­mary of the find­ings after the study was com­pleted.

To vol­un­teer, con­tact 09 923 6889 or email h.smith@auck­land.ac.nz.

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