News You Can Use: Low Fat Reduces Menopause Symptoms

by Charles Platkin, PhD

Detective’s 2012 News You Can Use: Low Fat Reduces Symptoms

Menopause Symptoms Can be Reduced Using a Diet
The Initiative study of 17,473 women that was published in the current issue of Menopause found that those with menopausal symptoms who were not on hormone replacement therapy and who lost either 10 or more pounds or 10 or more percent of their baseline body weight by following a diet that was low in fat and high in whole grains, fruit and vegetables were more likely to reduce or eliminate hot flashes and night sweats after one year, compared with those in a control group who maintained their weight.
The researcher believes that greater body fat provides insulation that hinders heat loss and that the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause are a way for the body to dissipate that heat. Therefore, weight loss, especially loss of fat mass but not lean body mass, might help alleviate those symptoms.

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