Ascanio Bencosme

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BACKGROUND Several studies indicate that quality of life (QoL) is impaired in middle aged women. Assessment of QoL using a single validated tool in Latin American climacteric women has not been reported to date at large scale. OBJECTIVE The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) was used to assess QoL among middle aged Latin American women and determine factors(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (METS) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular risk. Since the prevalence of METS increases after menopause, gynecological routine consultation offers an excellent screening opportunity. OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of METS in Latin American postmenopausal women and factors modifying its risk; as well as to assess the(More)
BACKGROUND Although sleep disturbances are common during female mid-life, few studies have described in detail the prevalence of this problem and related risk factors. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of sleep disturbances in mid-aged women using validated tools. Assessment of determinants capable of influencing the prevalence of insomnia and poor(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of sexual dysfunction (SD) and associated risk factors among middle-aged Latin American women using one validated instrument. METHODS The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was applied to 7,243 healthy women aged 40 to 59 years who were users of 19 healthcare systems from 11 Latin American(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of obesity increases during female mid-life and although many factors have been identified, data from Latin America is lacking. OBJECTIVE To assess factors related to obesity among middle-aged women and determine the association with depressive symptoms, sedentary lifestyle and other factors. METHODS A total of 6079 women aged(More)
BACKGROUND Previously, the REDLINC VI study showed that the main reason for the low use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) was its low rate of prescription by doctors. OBJECTIVE To determine the use of MHT and perceived related risks among gynecologists. METHODS A self-administered and anonymous questionnaire was delivered to certified gynecologists in(More)
BACKGROUND Muscle and joint aches (MJA) are frequently observed among menopausal women. They impair quality of life and are a burden to the healthcare system. OBJECTIVE To analyze the relation between MJA and several variables related to the menopause. METHODS In this cross-sectional study, 8373 healthy women aged 40-59 years, accompanying patients to(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine an optimal waist circumference (WC) cutoff value for defining the metabolic syndrome (METS) in postmenopausal Latin American women. METHODS A total of 3,965 postmenopausal women (age, 45-64 y), with self-reported good health, attending routine consultation at 12 gynecological centers in major Latin American(More)
OBJECTIVE Few Latin American studies have described menopausal symptoms in detail by means of a standardized assessment tool. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms and their impact over quality of life among mid-aged Latin American women. METHOD In this cross-sectional study, 8373 otherwise healthy(More)
Musculoskeletal pain (MSP) has been recently linked with high plasma leptin levels. Our objective was to study if obese women, who have higher leptin levels, could have a higher frequency of MSP. We studied 6079 Latin-American women, 40-59 years old. Their epidemiological data were recorded and the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), Golberg Anxiety and(More)