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Quality of life among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women participating in a metabolic syndrome screening program.
Maturitas. 2007 Jan 20; 56(1):45-53.M

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Quality of life decreases after the menopause as it has been assessed by several designed tools. Despite this, few studies have reported correlations between quality of life and the metabolic syndrome and its determinants.

OBJECTIVE

Evaluate quality of life and determine factors related to its impairment among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women.

METHODS

Postmenopausal women that participated in a metabolic syndrome screening and educational program at the Institute of Biomedicine of the Universidad Católica of Guayaquil, Ecuador were interviewed using the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL). Mean domain scores as well as factors associated to higher scores within each of the domains of the questionnaire (vasomotor, psycho-social, physical and sexual) were determined.

RESULTS

Three hundred twenty-five postmenopausal women (n=325) were surveyed. Mean age of participants was 55.9+/-8.1 years (median: 54 years). Women presented metabolic syndrome, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and abdominal obesity in 41.5%, 38.8%, 16.6%, 56.9% and 54.2% respectively. Mean scores obtained for each domain were: vasomotor: 3.5+/-2.5 (median 3); psycho-social: 3.7+/-1.5 (median 3.6); physical: 3.8+/-1.2 (median 3.8); sexual: 4.9+/-2.3 (median 5.3). More than 50% of women had scores above the median for each domain of the questionnaire. Logistic regression determined that vasomotor score decreased with age. Abdominal obesity increased the risk of having vasomotor, psycho-social and physical scores above the median. Hypertension and hyperglycemia increased the risk for higher scores within the psycho-social and sexual domain respectively.

CONCLUSION

In this postmenopausal Ecuadorian population, impairment of quality of life was found to be associated to age and related conditions such as abdominal obesity, hypertension and hyperglycemia.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Biomedicine, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, PO Box 09-01-4671, Guayaquil, Ecuador. peterchedraui@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16797890

Citation

Chedraui, Peter, et al. "Quality of Life Among Postmenopausal Ecuadorian Women Participating in a Metabolic Syndrome Screening Program." Maturitas, vol. 56, no. 1, 2007, pp. 45-53.
Chedraui P, Hidalgo L, Chavez D, et al. Quality of life among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women participating in a metabolic syndrome screening program. Maturitas. 2007;56(1):45-53.
Chedraui, P., Hidalgo, L., Chavez, D., Morocho, N., Alvarado, M., & Huc, A. (2007). Quality of life among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women participating in a metabolic syndrome screening program. Maturitas, 56(1), 45-53.
Chedraui P, et al. Quality of Life Among Postmenopausal Ecuadorian Women Participating in a Metabolic Syndrome Screening Program. Maturitas. 2007 Jan 20;56(1):45-53. PubMed PMID: 16797890.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Quality of life among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women participating in a metabolic syndrome screening program. AU - Chedraui,Peter, AU - Hidalgo,Luis, AU - Chavez,Diana, AU - Morocho,Nancy, AU - Alvarado,Mariela, AU - Huc,Angelica, Y1 - 2006/06/23/ PY - 2006/03/14/received PY - 2006/05/16/revised PY - 2006/05/17/accepted PY - 2006/6/27/pubmed PY - 2007/2/28/medline PY - 2006/6/27/entrez SP - 45 EP - 53 JF - Maturitas JO - Maturitas VL - 56 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Quality of life decreases after the menopause as it has been assessed by several designed tools. Despite this, few studies have reported correlations between quality of life and the metabolic syndrome and its determinants. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate quality of life and determine factors related to its impairment among postmenopausal Ecuadorian women. METHODS: Postmenopausal women that participated in a metabolic syndrome screening and educational program at the Institute of Biomedicine of the Universidad Católica of Guayaquil, Ecuador were interviewed using the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL). Mean domain scores as well as factors associated to higher scores within each of the domains of the questionnaire (vasomotor, psycho-social, physical and sexual) were determined. RESULTS: Three hundred twenty-five postmenopausal women (n=325) were surveyed. Mean age of participants was 55.9+/-8.1 years (median: 54 years). Women presented metabolic syndrome, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and abdominal obesity in 41.5%, 38.8%, 16.6%, 56.9% and 54.2% respectively. Mean scores obtained for each domain were: vasomotor: 3.5+/-2.5 (median 3); psycho-social: 3.7+/-1.5 (median 3.6); physical: 3.8+/-1.2 (median 3.8); sexual: 4.9+/-2.3 (median 5.3). More than 50% of women had scores above the median for each domain of the questionnaire. Logistic regression determined that vasomotor score decreased with age. Abdominal obesity increased the risk of having vasomotor, psycho-social and physical scores above the median. Hypertension and hyperglycemia increased the risk for higher scores within the psycho-social and sexual domain respectively. CONCLUSION: In this postmenopausal Ecuadorian population, impairment of quality of life was found to be associated to age and related conditions such as abdominal obesity, hypertension and hyperglycemia. SN - 0378-5122 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16797890/Quality_of_life_among_postmenopausal_Ecuadorian_women_participating_in_a_metabolic_syndrome_screening_program_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-5122(06)00201-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -