Healthy eating 'eases menopause symptoms'

A healthy diet could ease the hot flushes and night sweats associated with the menopause, new research has revealed.

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In a US study involving nearly 17,500 women, a diet packed with fruit and veg was found to reduce or even eliminate menopausal flushes, and scientists say it's down to the weight loss achieved from cutting down on fat and eating fresh.

Researchers from US health provider Kaiser Permanente conducted the study, and found that the participants who managed to lose 10lb, or 10 per cent of their body weight, felt the benefits of their healthy diet when it came to the troubling symptoms of the menopause.

Dr Bette Caan, who led the research, wrote in the journal Menopause: "Since most women tend to gain weight with age, weight loss or weight gain prevention may offer a viable strategy to help eliminate hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause."

And there was more good news for women, as a separate study by scientists at Oregon State University revealed evidence to suggest that a tipple or two of wine or beer each day could help reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis after the menopause.

Lead author Dr Urszula Iwaniec wrote: "Drinking moderately may be beneficial for bone health, especially in post-menopausal women."

What do you think? Have you found that a healthy diet has eased your menopause symptoms? Leave your comments below...