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So what do you think the best diet is for women going through menopause?

By May 24, 2012 - 1:17pm
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Hello Hopeful2012,

I do not think there is a specific diet, but rather dietary guidelines, that can help a woman manage the symptoms of menopause.
1) Plant-based foods, such as soy and soy products, contain isoflavones, which are plant estrogens. Research results are contradictory, but adding tofu and soy products to your diet may relieve hot flashes and night sweats.

2) Fruits, vegetables and beans are good sources of phytoestrogens, which are estrogen hormone-like chemicals found in plants. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen. Eating more fruits, vegetables and beans can relieve hot flashes and night sweats.

3) At any age, it is important to avoid eating a diet that is high in fat, especially saturated fat. Fish, such as salmon, olive oil and canola oil are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Menopausal women have an increased risk for a heart attack. So, eat a heart healthy diet that is low in fat and high in fiber.

4) There is a direct link between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis, It is important to get enough calcium and vitamin D in your daily diet. Calcium is found in dairy products, broccoli, sardines and beans. An adequate intake of calcium for women aged 51 and older is 1,200 milligrams per day. Avoid calcium supplements, since recent research indicates an increased risk of heart attack with high calcium intake.


May 24, 2012 - 4:21pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

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June 1, 2012 - 8:51am
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