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J Educ Community Health. 2023;10(4): 217-224.
doi: 10.34172/jech.2593

Scopus ID: 85186198123
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Original Article

Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors and Menopausal Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women: A Cross-sectional Study

Soudabeh Zarvekanloo 1, Zahra Rahimi 1, Zahra Arab Borzu 2, Shayesteh Shirzadi 3* ORCID logo

1 Students Research Committee, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran
2 Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
3 Healthy Ageing Research Centre, Department of Public Health, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Email: shayestehshirzadi@gmail.com


Background: One of the factors influencing the modification of menopausal symptoms is health-promoting behaviors (HPBs). Nevertheless, women do not have sufficient knowledge about HPBs and do not earn the required information and training in this field. The current study was thus performed to study the relationship between HPBs and menopausal symptoms (MSs) among Iranian postmenopausal women (PMW).

Methods: Using stratified random sampling, this current cross-sectional study was carried out on 300 PMW covered by Neyshabur healthcare centers in 2022. Data gathering was conducted using three questionnaires: demographic characteristics, health-promoting lifestyle profile-II (HPLP- II), and menopause rating scale (MRS). Pearson correlation test and stepwise regression analysis were used for analyzing data by SPSS v. 22, and the significance level was less than 0.05.

Results: The mean age and menopausal age of participants were 56.4 (4.1) and 49.4 (3.3), respectively. There was a significant negative statistical relationship between the total score of HPBs and its subscales and MSs (P<.05). Physical activity, spiritual growth, and having chronic diseases were found to be independent predictors of MSs.

Conclusion: Based on the findings, there was an adverse correlation between HPBs and MSs in the women who participated in the study. Executing educational programs focusing on maintaining and promoting a healthy lifestyle can reduce MSs; as a result, increasing overall women’s quality of life.

Please cite this article as follows: Zarvekanloo S, Rahimi Z, Arab Borzu Z, Shirzadi S. Healthy lifestyle behaviors and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women: a cross-sectional study. J Educ Community Health. 2023; 10(4):217-224. doi:10.34172/jech.2593
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