Lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease across the stages of reproductive aging in women - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease across the stages of reproductive aging in women

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are looking for women to contribute to exciting new research about lifestyle risk factors including body composition, inflammation, and cognition before, during, and after menopause.

Background

Menopause leads to lots of changes, and we want to understand more about the health of women across the menopause transition. – and we need your help!

Would you like to be part of exciting new research, learn about your health and fitness and contribute to improving women’s health outcomes during and after menopause at the same time? Are you:

  • Between 40-65 years
  • BMI between 18.5-35kg/m2
  • Have/had menstrual periods
  • Have not undergone surgically induced menopause (e.g., hysterectomy)
  • Willing to commit to two sessions over two weeks
  • Interested in learning more about women's health through menopause

What the study involves

Eligible participants will attend two free assessments over two weeks at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs Campus that will:

  • Evaluate body composition by taking a series of gold-standard assessments (including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) for the accurate measurement of bone mineral content and fat mass.
  • Assess cognitive function, and subjective health and wellbeing through a series of memory tests and questionnaires.
  • Evaluate your inflammatory and hormonal profile through venous blood sampling.
  • Evaluate your overall functional performance and level of physical activity through a short performance physical activity battery and activity monitor.
  • Assess your cardiometabolic health through measures of resting energy expenditure, weight, height, waist, and hip circumference, and key dietary measures

You will be helping researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast understand the influence of menopause on inflammation, body composition and cognitive function which will be greatly beneficial in determining how menopause may influence risk factors for chronic disease at mid-life.

Be a part of making a difference in improving the health of women across the lifespan.

This study has Ethical Approval (#S211597)

Contact

Laura Pernoud and the Women’s Health Research team at USC at womenshealth@usc.edu.au

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Expression of Interest for Participation