Soy may not bring relief during menopause

August 9, 2011 05:05

NEW YORK - Women seeking relief for menopause symptoms may have suffered a setback after a US study found that taking soy supplements may not help ease menopause symptoms or prevent the bone changes that start at that time of life.

Women have been without a clear go-to treatment for menopause since the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study of hormone therapy reported heart and cancer risks with estrogen and progestin use -- risks that soy supplements didn't have.

But the most recent study, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that women who took soy supplements every day for two years didn't have any improvement in their symptoms compared to those who took a soy-free placebo pill -- and they suffered more hot flashes by the end of the study.

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