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Plant-Based Diet May Reduce Hot Flashes, Aid in Weight Loss

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A new study suggests that certain dietary changes, including increased intake of soy, may help reduce hot flashes during menopause and aid in weight loss. Westend61/Getty Images
  • Hot flashes can be a common discomfort during menopause, but a new study suggests that dietary changes may offer relief.
  • Researchers found that a low fat, plant-based diet rich in soy products was as effective as hormone replacement therapy for reducing hot flashes.
  • Participants who followed the dietary protocol also experienced weight loss.
  • The results suggest a potential for dietary changes as a first-line treatment for hot flashes.
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Low fat, plant-based diet may reduce hot flashes by 88%

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New research suggests that a low fat, plant-based diet rich in soy may help reduce hot flash symptoms and promote weight loss. Kelvin Murray/Getty Images
  • A new study suggests that a low fat, plant-based diet rich in soy is as effective as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for reducing hot flashes.
  • The 12-week trial found that a plant-rich diet reduced moderate to severe hot flashes by 88%.
  • The diet may have also helped women lose 8 pounds on average and improved their quality of life.
  • Some experts say the study isn’t robust enough and that HRT is still
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