Fears about the risks of estrogen replacement therapy have led many women to turn to soy products to treat the symptoms of menopause. But a clinical trial published on Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine has found them no more effective than a placebo.
Researchers at the University of Miami studied 248 women ages 45 to 60. Half were given 200 milligrams of soy isoflavones daily; the rest took a placebo. After two years the scientists tested for changes in bone mineral density and in menopausal symptoms.
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