Hormonal Changes with Age in Women and Men: Impacts of Exercise
School of Human Sciences 2020 Seminar Series
Public talk by Professor Helen Jones, Liverpool John Moores University, and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.
The menopause is the time of life when females experience symptoms such as hot flushes and are thought to be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease; both due to a reduction in oestrogen. There are few guidelines for women on how to deal with symptoms or optimise heart health during this time. Professor Jones will discuss what happens in the body during a menopausal hot flush, what the trigger is, and how menopausal hot flushes differ from those experienced in recovery from breast cancer. She will also outline the immediate cardiovascular changes that are a consequence of the menopause rather than aging, and will show how regular exercise may help alleviate hot flushes and improve heart health.
Helen is a cardiovascular exercise physiologist whose research focuses on endocrinology and cardiovascular health in humans, especially women. Her research aims to understand conditions where changes in hormones cause cardiovascular consequences and increased cardiovascular risk (e.g. type 2 diabetes and female reproductive conditions including the menopausal transition). Helen’s research examines both causal pathways and also the potential impact of treatments, and suggests that appropriate exercise can improve blood vessel function to help reduce cardiovascular risk, enhance thermoregulatory control, and reduce the negative consequences of the menopause.
Public talk by Dr Louise Naylor, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia.
There is an age-related decline in the male hormone testosterone, which potentially results in symptoms that adversely affect quality of life. In older men, lower T levels are associated with poorer health outcomes, raising the question as to whether reduced circulating testosterone levels might be a modifiable risk factor for ill-health in ageing men, and if so, what can we do? There are clear links between physical activity levels and testosterone levels in ageing men. This talk explores the effects of exercise training and testosterone therapy (and their interactions) on health outcomes in ageing men.
Louise is a researcher and senior lecturer at UWA’s School of Human Sciences, and an Exercise and Sports Science Australia-accredited exercise physiologist working in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She believes exercise is medicine and can be used to treat, prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease. Louise’s research explores how exercise training can contribute to rehabilitating and improving health outcomes in those with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. Childhood obesity and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes are another focus of her work. Louise’s projects span topics such as how to optimise prescriptions for survivors of cancer, patients with heart failure, ageing men and patients with diabetes.
- This lecture will be followed by a presentation Keeping People Healthy and Out of Hospital: treating the global inactivity pandemic by Professor Keith George, Liverpool John Moores University and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow and Professor Daniel Green, The University of Western Australia from 7pm-8pm.