A new study that was just released shows that Soy Supplements are not the answer for hot flashes and bone lose due to menopause. Soy supplements have been a popular alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
The trial had 248 women take either 200 mg of soy isoflavones or a placebo daily. Neither the researchers nor the women knew who was taking which until the end of the study.
After two years measurements of bone-mineral density in the women’s hips and spines showed no difference between the soy supplement and placebo groups. The women had small amounts of bone loss in each group.
As for the frequency of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, loss of libido and vaginal dryness, still no difference. At the end of the study more women taking the soy reported having hot flashes.
What other options do women have? For hot flashes, some antidepressants and the antiseizure drug gabapentin have been shown to help. Women should still turn to calcium, vitamin D and regular exercise to prevent bone loss.
To your health
Great information from: Time Magazine, August 22, 2011 Health and Science Briefing, Sora Song