Resistance training improves cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women
Evidence has been emerging on the importance of adding a muscle-strengthening component to regular physical activity to improve quality of life; delay the loss of muscle mass and function; and prevent osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and the falls, fractures, and disability that may follow.1 Menopause and aging may lead to a loss in fitness, decrease in muscle strength and bone mineral density, and a gain in weight, all of which concomitantly increase the risk for many chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease.2 If muscle-strengthening exercise can delay or prevent these diseases in postmenopausal women, this would have important public health implications.
This accepted Editorial is published as Lee DC, Schroeder EC. Resistance training improves cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2016 Nov;23(11):1162-1164. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000758. Posted with permission.