Graduation Date

Spring 2021

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Taylor Bloedon

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Jill Anderson

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Kari Pilolla

Third Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Fourth Committee Member Name

Dr. Kimberly Perris

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff


Menopause, Post-menopausal, Quality of life, Cardiometabolic indicators, Metabolic syndrome, Covid-19

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Background: The emergence of cardiometabolic (CMD) indicators for Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) coincides with the decline in estrogen production during menopause and substantially increases development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. Quality of life (QOL) encompasses physical, material, and social well-being. Research reveals a correlation between low QOL scores and CMD disease. Menopause significantly increases CMD risk, and may also lower QOL scores. Objective: To investigate the relationship between QOL and CMD risk in postmenopausal women. Method: Cisgender, postmenopausal women (age > 45 years) were recruited through emails to complete the online survey. Data collection included demographics, physical characteristics and activity level, sexual health, medical history, current conditions, and QOL satisfaction level. Results: MetS indicators were present, symptoms of menopause were prevalent, and QOL satisfaction was low. Discussion: QOL satisfaction is impacted by the physiological changes of menopause and MetS conditions. Lifestyle modifications during perimenopause are needed to improve health and reduce the risk of CMD disease.

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