The role of physical activity in the link between menopausal status and mental well-being
Bondarev, D., Sipilä, S., Finni, T., Kujala, U. M., Aukee, P., Laakkonen, E. K., Kovanen, V., & Kokko, K. (2020). The role of physical activity in the link between menopausal status and mental well-being. Menopause : The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, 27(4), 398-409. https://doi.org/10.1097/GME.0000000000001490
DisciplineLiikuntalääketiedeGerontologia ja kansanterveysBiomekaniikkaSports and Exercise MedicineGerontology and Public HealthBiomechanics
© 2020 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of The North American Menopause Society.
Objective: To examine the relationship between menopausal status and mental well-being, and whether this relationship varies as a function of physical activity (PA). Methods: Based on a hormonal analysis and bleeding diary, women aged 47 to 55 were categorized as pre (n = 304), early peri (n = 198), late peri (n = 209), or postmenopausal (n = 387). Mental well-being was assessed using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, the International Positive and Negative Affect Schedule Short Form, and the Satisfaction with Life Scale. PA was self-reported and categorized as low, medium, and high. Associations between variables were analyzed using multivariate linear regression adjusted for age, marital and employment status, parity, self-reported mental disorder, use of psycholeptics and psychoanaleptics, and menopausal symptoms. Results: Depressive symptoms were lower amongst the pre than postmenopausal women (B = 0.07, confidence interval 0.01-0.13). Menopausal symptoms attenuated these associations. Menopausal status showed no associations with life satisfaction, or with positive or negative affectivity. Women with high PA scored higher on positive affectivity, and the pre, early peri, and postmenopausal women scored higher on life satisfaction (B = 0.79, P < 0.001; B = 0.63, P = 0.009; B = 0.42, P = 0.009, respectively) and scored lower on depressive symptoms (B = −0.13, P = 0.039; B = −0.18, P = 0.034; and B = −0.20, P < 0.001, respectively) than their low PA counterparts. The pre and postmenopausal women with medium PA scored higher on life satisfaction (B = 0.54, P = 0.001; B = 0.038, P = 0.004, respectively) than those with low PA. Conclusions: Postmenopausal women reported marginally higher depressive symptoms scores compared with premenopausal women, but menopause was not associated with positive mental well-being. However, this association varies with the level of PA. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; European Commission
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
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Additional information about fundingThis study was supported by funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675003, and by the Academy of Finland (ERMA study grant agreement 275323, Vuokko Kovanen).
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