Abstract— This study was conducted to find out the impact of menopausal transition symptoms on quality of life and eating behavior in west Algerian women.
Subjects and methods: A prospective cross sectional survey was conducted between February 22 and April 30, 2016 in Oran (west Algeria). Eighty (48±2 years) perimenopausal women participated to the study. A structured interview survey was developed on socioeconomic level, climacteric symptoms and quality of life. Daily energy expenditure (DEE) was assessed by an adapted questionnaire and food intake by a 24h “Recall and Record”.
Results. Hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations, anxiety, headaches, memory loss and insomnia were the symptoms feeling by women. The quality of life assessment showed that 53% had a moderate quality of life (10 to 15 symptoms), 16% with poor quality of life (16-20 symptoms) whereas 25% had a good quality of life (5 to 10 symptoms) and 6% of women had an excellent quality of life (≤ 5 symptoms). At this time of the menopausal transition, 64% reported modification in their eating behavior.
Conclusion: Clinical symptoms of perimeanopausal period influence the quality life of women on menopausal transition.
Keywords: Perimenopause, Quality of life, Behavior food.
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