I’m menopausal or even post, so I have an intimate interest in any research going on in this field. Seeking always the more natural alternatives to conventional medicine I never stepped into the HRT lane. Soy isoflavones where the only thing I turned to. And now in the news today I find soy comes into its own again where I see a new study has found that eating soy foods could help postmenopausal women reduce the chance of developing fractures.
Soy may help bone mineral density
The study is “the Shanghai Women’s Health Study” and is headed by Dr Xiao-Ou Shu carried out on 24,000 postmenopausal women.
Although previous studies have shown a link between soy products and bone mineral density, this study is the first of its kind to investigate the association between soy consumption and the risk of fracture.
The participants were asked about their dietary habits and intake of food. Four and a half years later, they were then asked if they had suffered any fractures in the time that had elapsed. The subjects completed a food frequency questionnaire and at follow-up 4.5 years later, they were asked if they had suffered any fractures. Women who ate soy and who had been menopausal for more than ten years were found to have reduced the risk of fracture by 29 per cent. Those within ten years of menopause cut the risk of fracture by 48 per cent, and fracture risk was lessened in soy-eating women even after adjusting controls such as age and osteoporosis risk factors.
The moral is of coarse eat more soy, as i have suffered a mild intolerance to soy I’m appreciative of supplements which I seem to be OK with.