"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Menopause quality of life unchanged by soy supplements

I've never taken soy supplements because bioidentical hormones cured my hot flashes (progesterone specifically).  However, I know a lot of women have used soy, either in supplements, or by adding it to food, to help with hot flashes. 

Check out this article from Reuters.  A two year study conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University concluded that the quality of life reported by women taking soy supplements vs. women taking placebos was about the same. 

A couple of quick points about the article:

  • Wow, the women in this study took either the supplements or the placebos 3 times a day for 2 years?  God bless them, I'm doing well to remember to take my vitamins once a day!  I have to wonder what the overall compliance rate on three times a day was.

  • I'm curious about the line in the article that says the study "set out to look at the effects of soy extracts on bone health, and did not recruit women specifically with hot flash or quality of life concerns in mind".  However, the article doesn't mention any of these women having DEXA (bone density) tests done at any time.  Bone health is measured by the T scores on a bone density test, not by a quality of life survey. 

Speaking of bone health, you are all taking your Vitamin D, aren't you?  The sun, even when it is out, is very weak this time of year so we need to be taking Vitamin D3 supplements if our levels are not optimal.  If your doctor tells you that your levels are "normal" (big difference between normal and optimal), be wary.  By the way, always ask for a copy of any bloodwork you have done and keep a file.  If your doctor tells you you don't need a Vitamin D test, pitch a fit, insist on being tested, or find another doctor! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!