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HHS HealthBeat (May 16, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates soy supplements don’t make life feel appreciably better for postmenopausal women. At Oregon Health and Science University, researcher Paula Amato was checking indications in some smaller studies that soy supplements improve quality of life – notably, things such as reducing hot flashes.

Amato looked at two years of data on 403 women who were started on supplements or an inactive, fake substitute. She found no difference between the two groups. So, for relatively healthy postmenopausal women, she says:

“It would appear that soy supplementation is not necessary and offers no benefit. I would advocate instead for a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep.”

The study in the journal Menopause was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 16, 2013