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New Study Says Soy is Effective for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

soyThe effectiveness of soy for hot flashes is a debate I can’t seem to stay away from. Mainly because I’ve been saying for years that soy not only helped me get rid of my hot flashes and night sweats, but that it has helped other women as well. How do I know?  Because those other women, like me, said it worked.

However, for some reason, these simple and most humble personal confessions seem to get under the craw of a lot of medical researchers who insist that soy has not been “proven” to be effective against hot flashes and night sweats. As if “proven” means that 100% of women who use it should get the same results?  I’m not getting this.

But, none of this really matters now, because yet another study has been published on the effectiveness of soy for hot flashes and night sweats, and guess what?  I’ve been vindicated. Medical News is reporting this month on a “large scale study which finds that soy may alleviate hot flashes in menopause…..” (So take that, haters).  

The study, published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Association (NAMS), has concluded that “two daily servings of soy (about 50 milligrams) does indeed reduce hot flashes and night sweats by up to 26% for some women.”

The study is being called the largest and most comprehensive study to date on the topic, also pointing out that previous studies - like the one published recently stating that soy was not effective in helping women with hot flashes and night sweats in menopause - were flawed; not only in their methodology, but also in the fact that they were conducted on sample sizes that were too small.  In layman’s terms, what that means is: their methods of study and research were not consistent, and they did not include a large enough group of women to draw their conclusions.

This study joins another study conducted by the Chinese recently, which also concluded that soy does appear to help some women with hot flashes and night sweats, but does not help others - which is exactly what I’ve been saying all along, thank you very much. .

This entire debate is becoming tedious, frankly.  However, I am certain that there are more than a few who have a vested financial interest on one side of the issue or the other. So chances are we haven’t heard the last of the great American debate over soy.   

But, let me say yet again, that for some women (like me), soy is effective in reducing hot flashes and night sweats in menopause. If you are interested in reading the report you can find it here.

Magnolia Miller is a freelance women’s health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog

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