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Soy May Prevent Osteoporosis in Menopausal Women

by Magnolia on January 21, 2016

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I’ve been beating the drum for soy as a remedy for hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause for a very long time. Primarily because during my own perimenopause years when my hot flashes and night sweats were at their worst, drinking two 8-oz glasses of soy milk helped keep them totally at bay.

To test my theory that it was the soy that helped, I conducted my own little research study.  I stopped drinking soy for two weeks to see what would happen. Kaboom! The hot flashes and night sweats came back with a vengeance.Results of my study? Drinking soy milk during perimenopause may help other women with hot flashes and night sweats.   Since then, I’ve recommended it to my readers as a non-hormonal option to help manage hot flashes and night sweats.

There have also been numerous “official” studies on the effectiveness of soy in treating not only hot flashes and night sweats, but in possibly helping to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women as well. One study of 248 menopausal women was published in 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.  That study concluded that “Soy absolutely does not help women manage osteoporosis [OR] hot flashes in menopause.” You can about that read that study here.  As you might expect, I didn’t agree with that study then and I certainly don’t agree with it now.

In 2012, not long after the Archives of Internal Medicine study was published, the Chinese published a study of their own.  They looked at the effectiveness of soy in treating hot flashes and night sweats in 90 Chinese women.  I also wrote about that study here,  The conclusions of that study, were that soy did in fact help some women manage hot flashes and night sweats during perimenopause and menopause.

hotflashHowever, given that American researchers had already concluded that soy didn’t help women with hot flashes and night sweats, and also didn’t show any evidence of reducing the risk of osteoporosis, they resisted the outcome of the Chinese study. As one would expect, I suppose.

UK Researchers Believe Soy is Helpful

Well, here we go one more time.  Another study by researchers in the UK, was presented by the Society of Endocrinology at their annual conference in 2015.  That study revealed that a diet of soy proteins with isoflavones is indeed linked to lower bone loss in menopausal women.  You can read about it here at Medical News Today.com

Though the author of this particular report did not address the issue of hot flashes and night sweats being reduced by ingesting soy, I will – soy does help SOME women in the reduction of hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause and menopause.

I do not report on this studies to confuse you or as an opportunity to be snarky, though the temptation is strong, I will confess.  I simply want to bring these studies to you as I find them to give you more information that hopefully will help you make the best decision for treating your symptoms.

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I happen to believe that personal experience accounts for a lot and I don’t need a study to confirm or deny the validity of my experience.  As I’ve said for years now, soy does help some women treat hot flashes and night sweats, and now, it appears that it might also be helpful in decreasing the risk of osteoporosis.

You, however, get to be the judge of that in your own life.  I would only say that if you do decide to use soy, make sure it is high quality. In fact, organic and non-GMO soy products are HIGHLY recommended and preferred.

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