Low-fat, plant-based diet may help reduce hot flashes

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The diet change had a dramatic effect on hot flashes, reducing moderate-to-severe hot flashes by 84%, and allowing many women to finally be able to sleep through the night. Photo: Pexels


(Carla Rosenbloom/ Very Well Fit) — A new study published in the journal Menopause found that a low-fat, plant-based vegan diet that includes soybeans was associated with fewer hot flashes in postmenopausal women. Menopause is diagnosed when menstrual periods have stopped for at least a year, and ovaries no longer produce high levels of estrogen.

All women vary in menopausal symptoms. Some will remain symptom-free, while others may experience hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and other symptoms. More than 80% of women experience hot flashes during menopause, which are sensations of heat, flushing, and anxiety that last between one and five minutes.

Since hot flashes are a common symptom, researchers are interested in ways to alleviate them. In the past, different studies have looked at dietary patterns or particular foods that work to decrease these uncomfortable moments. (…)

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