Quick News: Diet Can Reduce Hot Flashes

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Truth be told, many of us have suspected all along that diet affects health. It would be physiologically impossible for diet not to impact health. New research tackles the age old problem of hot flashes and night sweats. Can they be reduced by certain foods? Do specific diets make one more or less susceptible to the repeated drenchings so common in menopause?  The answer is yes.

As part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia assessed the diets of over 6000 women who reached menopausal naturally. The researchers looked at the relationships between six different types of diet and vasomotor symptoms – hot flashes and night sweats. The dietary patterns included: cooked vegetables, fruit, Mediterranean style, meat and processed meat, dairy, and high fat and sugar.

What they found was quite interesting. High fruit intake and/or following the Mediterranean Diet were associated with significantly fewer hot flashes and night sweats.  In contrast, diets high in fat and high in sugar were associated with increased hot flashes and/or night sweats.

The Mediterranean Diet, which emphasize fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains and even red wine, over meats, sugars and processed foods, has garnered a lot of attention over the last decade. More and more research associates the Mediterranean Diet with reduced incidences of heart disease, stroke and cancer.  It’s not bad for weight loss either. With this latest research showing a decrease in hot flashes, it may be time for all the menopausal ladies to switch over. Good food, good wine, no hot flashes, what more could a woman ask for.

 

 

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/5/1092.abstract

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