Higher Calorie Intake Help Exercising Women Avoid Menstrual Disorders

According to recent research, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, a simple increase in food intake, by 300-400 calories, may help exercising women who struggle to consume enough calories to avoid menstrual disorders.Higher Calorie Intake Help Exercising Women Avoid Menstrual Disorders

For the study, researchers recruited 62 young exercising women with an irregular menstrual cycle. Thirty-two women were asked to increase their daily calorie intake by 300-400 calories, and thirty of them maintained their eating habits, as well as exercise, for the whole period of study, 12 months.

Lead researcher Mary Jane De Souza, Ph.D., of Penn State University, comments the study: “These findings can impact all exercising women because many women strive to exercise for competitive and health-related reasons but may not be getting enough calories to support their exercise.”

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