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Metabolic Syndrome & Sexual Function After Menopause

Am J Med; 2016 Apr 28; Trompeter, Bettencourt, et al

Low sexual activity was associated with metabolic syndrome diagnosis in postmenopausal women, as were risk for angina, heart attack, and coronary bypass surgery. This according to a study of 376 postmenopausal, community-dwelling women (mean baseline age, 73 years) which examined the association of sexual function with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in healthy, older women. Further details included:

• 39% of women reported being sexually active; 41.5% met a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.

• The number of metabolic syndrome components was strongly associated with decreased sexual activity, desire, and low sexual satisfaction.

• Waist girth, diabetes, and hypertension were associated with decreased sexual activity.

• Coronary artery disease was more prevalent in women with low sexual activity.

Citation: Trompeter SE, Bettencourt R, Barrett-Connor E. Metabolic syndrome and sexual function in postmenopausal women. [Published online ahead of print April 28, 2016]. Am J Med. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2016.03.039.