Firing Up Hot Flashes

80 percent of women going through menopause experience hot flashes.

They can cause intense sweating to severe anxiety.

Noelle Gardner explains how plummeting glucose levels may play a huge role in hot flashes and how they're treated.

Even on cold days, 49-year-old Laurie
Denchik can have up to 24 hot flashes a day.

She says, "They wake me up in the middle of the night.

Several times a night sometimes.

I'll just break out in a sweat from head to toe."

Taking hormone replacement therapy isn't an option for laurie.

She, like many other menopausal women, is anxious about H-R-T, because of the possible risks of heart disease or breast cancer.

Instead, Laurie enrolled in a new study looking at glucose levels and how they affect hot flashes.

"Whenever women lose their estrogen supply at menopause, there's less or a slower development of glucose transporters. And in response, the brain tries to increase glucose availability. And that's what the hot flash is doing."

Dormire takes sample "that's plenty.

That's good.

Thank you."