So, look, I’ve said this a million times if I’ve said it once: Soy has been shown to work for some women looking for relief from hot flashes in menopause and perimenopause. I am one of those women.
I’ve also said a million times that there have been studies which say soy does not work for hot flashes and night sweats in menopause. But, for some reason, this issue seems to be a bone of contention among researchers and practitioners. I honestly do not understand why.
Those who are against soy for hot flashes and night sweats seized on a recent study which said that it finally proved that soy does not work. I disagree, of course. But, whatever.
The Chinese have just released another studywhich says that soy does appear to help some women with hot flashes and night sweats. Of course, those who do not want to believe that soy actually helps are taking issue with the study.
One Dr. Wong, (ironically enough, an Asian researcher) from Baylor University in Texas does not like the study and says he does not believe the results. I don’t quite understand why Dr. Wong or any male physician or medical researcher would really care so strongly one way or the other, except perhaps their medical researcher ego is on the line?
This whole debate seems pretty simple to me. If soy works for your hot flashes and night sweats (as it did mine), then take it, or drink it, or eat it – however you like your soy. If it doesn’t help you, well, how about you don’t use it?
I’ve printed a portion of the study below. Click through the link at the bottom to read the rest of the article:
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 30 – Middle-aged women may find some relief from hot flashes and other menopause problems with soy supplements, according to Chinese researchers.
They found daily supplements of soy germ isoflavones reduced the sudden sweats more than inactive placebo pills after six months.
But a U.S. expert wasn’t convinced by the results, which run counter to other published studies.
“The majority of them are showing no benefit,” said Dr. William W. Wong, a nutrition researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who wasn’t involved in the new work.
The new study, published online January 24 in Menopause, is based on 90 Chinese women. A third of them received placebo pills, while the rest took soy germ isoflavones, either 84 or 126 mg a day. They all kept diaries of their hot flashes and filled out questionnaires about various other symptoms of menopause.
At six months, their Kupperman scores — a measure of symptom severity that ranges from 0 to 63 — had dropped by more than 40% from an initial value of about 25 in the soy groups.
The number of hot flashes also fell from about 20 a week to less than 10.
While the same pattern was seen in the placebo group, it was less pronounced. Their symptom score dropped by 29% and the number of hot flashes by 35%, according to Dr. Yan-bin Ye of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.
The work was supported by Frutarom Netherlands, which also donated the supplements.