Soybean Foods Found To Prevent Osteoporosis In Menopausal Women

Posted: Nov 4 2015, 8:08am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Soybean Foods Found to Prevent Osteoporosis in Menopausal Women
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  • Isoflavones rich diet found to prevent Osteoporosis in Menopausal women
 

Researchers find out that a diet rich in soy proteins and isoflavones imitate the effects of oestrogen in menopausal women thus decreasing the risk of osteoporosis.

Weakening of bones is considered a great sign of aging in women. Most of the fractures in women occur due to bone weakness and it is more observable in women than women. Many women are unaware that this bone weakness, also known as osteoporosis is caused by their menopause. 

During menopause the sexual cycle of women decreases and hence the production of oestrogen in their bodies decreases or ceases altogether. Oestrogen is responsible for supplying bone strength and binding calcium to impart strength in bones. 

In a research conducted at Hull University with 200 women going through menopause, it was found that a soyabean foods played a significant part in reducing bone weakness. Over the course of the research, the women were given a daily supplement containing soy protein with 66mg of isoflavones or a supplement with soy protein alone for six months. The researchers investigated changes in the women's bone activity by measuring certain proteins (βCTX and P1NP) in their blood.

They found that the women on the soy diet with isoflavones had significantly lower levels of βCTX than the women on soy alone, suggesting that their rate of bone loss was slowing down and lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis. Women taking soy protein with isoflavones were also found to have decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease than those taking soy alone.

The findings were presented at the Society for Endocrinology’s annual meeting in Edinburgh. Lead author of the study Thozhukat Sathyapalan said that they had found that soy protein and isoflavones are a safe and effective option for improving bone health in women during early menopause.

The actions of soy appear to mimic that of conventional osteoporosis drugs. The 66 mg of isoflavone that we use in this study is equivalent to eating an oriental diet, which is rich in soy foods.

In contrast, we only get around 2-16 mg of isoflavone with the average western diet. Supplementing the food with isoflavones could lead to a significant decrease in the number of women being diagnosed with osteoporosis. 

Thozhukat Sathyapalan is lead author of the study that was presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh. He said: "We found that soy protein and isoflavones are a safe and effective option for improving bone health in women during early menopause. The actions of soy appear to mimic that of conventional osteoporosis drugs."

"The 66 mg of isoflavone that we use in this study is equivalent to eating an oriental diet, which is rich in soy foods. In contrast, we only get around 2-16 mg of isoflavone with the average western diet."

"Supplementing our food with isoflavones could lead to a significant decrease in the number of women being diagnosed with osteoporosis."

Researchers next aim to investigate the long-term health consequences of using soy protein and isoflavones supplements, and whether it may also have benefits beyond bone health.

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