Soy after Menopause: A Healthy Choice
Abdominal fat, sometimes called "belly fat," decreased by 7.5% in the women taking the soy shake
Women who eat more soy foods during menopause, hoping to get some relief from symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, might reap an additional benefit. A new study found that obese African American women who supplemented with a soy-based shake after menopause lost weight, and white women experienced a shift toward healthier body fat distribution.
According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 39 obese postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to add drink a dairy-based or soy-based supplement shake to their regular diet, twice a day for three months.
Black and white women benefit differently from soy
Several important differences between the groups were found at the end of the trial:
"Soy supplementation reduced abdominal fat in obese postmenopausal women," the study's authors said of their findings.
Reaping soy's rewards
In addition to weight loss or better body fat distribution, women who eat soy may see other health improvements:
(Am J Obstet Gynecol 2010;203:153.e1-9)
Maureen Williams, ND, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has a private practice on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada, and has done extensive work with traditional herbal medicine in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Williams is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.