Diet linked to 88% drop in hot flushes during menopause

Menopausal mature woman wearing green dress sitting at the desk in the office, having hot flushes and using hand fan.
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The symptoms of menopause could be significantly relieved by a switch to one diet, according to recent research. Researchers at George Washington University Hospital found that hot flushes could be cut by 88% using the diet.

The diet also resulted in weight loss, with the women taking part losing an average of 8lbs in 12 weeks. They combined soybeans with a low-fat, vegan diet to achieve the results. The vegan diet included eating 86g of cooked soybeans every day.

The diet resulted in women reporting an 88% drop in moderate or severe hot flushes. The scientists published the results in the medical journal Menopause.

Lead researcher Professor Neal Barnard said: "The diet was more powerful than we had predicted, equalling the effects of hormone replacement therapy. Hot flushes are rare in countries such as Japan where soybeans are eaten regularly. The diet in the trial involved avoiding oily foods - including nuts, avocados, and vegetable oils.

Dr Barnard said that while soybeans alone or a vegan diet alone do not reduce hot flushes, combining them with a low-fat diet 'led to a dramatic reduction'. He said: "All three pieces seem to be important.”

Soybeans contain isoflavones which have also been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer. They are also low in fat and high in fibre.