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The health of postmenopausal women especially living in rural areas is neglected. A cross sectional study was conducted among 45 to 70 years old postmenopausal women living in Barugur Taluk of Tamil Nadu, India, using a pretested, structured questionnaire with an objective of identifying the postmenopausal women with poor health and nutritional status. Majority of the selected women were 45 to 50 years old (40%) and illiterates (87.45%). More than 60 percent of them had ≥ 3 children. More than 90 percent were non vegetarians and 80.39 percent of them were taking tea. Nearly 25 percent of them were overweight or obese and only 35.29 percent had normal Hemoglobin. TBF (%) and VF (%) were above normal for 20.83 percent and 18.18 percent of the selected women respectively. The W/H ratio of 65.28 percent showed central obesity. The blood pressure and blood sugar level was high for 11.8 percent and 19.44 percent of the women respectively. The nutritional and health status of the selected postmenopausal women were poor. Special health camps can be conducted in rural areas to identify the women who are at risk of malnutrition and at risk of developing MS.


Body Composition, Metabolic Disorders, Nutritional Status, Postmenopausal Women
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