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Can a vegan diet prevent hot flashes at menopause?

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Researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have now found that following a low-fat vegan diet that includes soy makes changes in the gut microbiome. Some of these changes were linked to a decrease in menopause-related hot flashes by as much as 95%.

More than 80% of people at menopause experience vasomotor symptoms, commonly known as hot flashes.

Past studies show that individuals who have hot flashes are at a higher risk for diseases such as osteoporosisAlzheimer’s diseasediabetes, and cardiovascular disease

Additionally, hot flashes can cause sleep disruptions that can negatively impact a woman’s overall health.

Hot flashes can sometimes be reduced through lifestyle modifications like maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and not eating spicy foods.

Why a vegan diet?

According to Dr. Hana Kahleova, director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and lead author of this study, one of the reasons she wanted to study the effect of a vegan diet on hot flashes is because obesity is a risk factor for hot flashes.

95% reduction in overall hot flashes

All told, researchers found that study participants who consumed the low-fat vegan diet with added soy decreased their overall hot flashes by 95% compared to those who continued their usual diet.

Researchers also reported the vegan diet led to a 96% decrease in moderate to severe hot flashes, as well as a reduction in daytime hot flashes by 96% and nighttime hot flashes by 94%.

“Overall, adequate sources of lean protein, fiber — both soluble and insoluble — omega-3 fatty acids, possibly a reduction in saturated fats, caffeine, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and added sugars may also be beneficial to preserving bone mass, staving off common symptoms and supporting energy, mood and managing weight fluctuations,” she detailed.

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