Hot flashes significantly decline with improved diet and weight loss

Hot flashes significantly decline with improved diet and weight loss

Women who lost 10% or more of their body weight were 56% more likely to see their hot flush symptoms disappear.  Candyce H. Kroenke, ScD, of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, and colleagues said “It seems like this would be a reasonable alternative for women who don’t want to take hormone therapy as a way of reducing hot flashes and night sweats”

There are other studies that show how weight gain or increased adiposity is associated with worse 'hot flush' symptoms (Breast Cancer Res Treat 2010; 124: 205-211, Am J Epidemiology 2009; 170: 766-774) and (Arch Intern Med 2011; 170: 1161-1167), and how high fibre, low fat consumption might improve symptoms.

The basic summary?

Eat a plant-based wholefood diet - with specific herbs added - and make lifestyle changes, to dramatically lower your chances of uncomfort and disturbances during meopause.  This is a secret behind why the Asian women often do not suffer these problems the way that Western women do. 

Full article here:

Study by Kroenke CH, et al “Effects of a dietary intervention and weight change on vasomotor symptoms in the Women’s Health Initiative” as published in Menopause 2012; DOI: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31824f606e.  The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  As reported by MedPage Today July 11, 2012.

Posted: Monday 6 August 2012