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This study will be a cross-sectional study. The primary aim of this study is to compare the relationship between neurological function, metabolic measures and health-related behaviors between normal weight and overweight/obese perimenopausal women.
Condition or disease
To examine physiological and behavioral factors that may help determine health in perimenopausal middle age women. Neuroendocrine function will be measured by broad assessment of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity. We will also assess metabolic profiles and behavioral and emotional function. We plan to determine correlations between these measures and nutritional state. Other measures may include insulin, glucose, leptin, IGF-1, triglycerides, free fatty acids, and ghrelin and eating attitudes and physical reactivity.
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