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Calcium and vitamin D fail to relieve joint pain in study.

bone_kneeAlthough some studies suggest that low levels of vitamin D are associated with joint pain and swelling,a post-hoc analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial suggest that vitamin D-3 (400IU) and calciumcarbonate (1000mg elemental calcium) are no better than placebo for relieving joint problems. After two years, 74.6% of the supplement group still had joint pain, compared to 75.1% of the placebo group.  What has vitamin D and calcium been most effective for in your patients?

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Effect of Exercise on Hot Flashes

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A new study was performed to show the effect of exercise on hot flashes among women going through menopause. Study included 248 women randomized into two groups, one group that exercised three times per week for 12 weeks and other group that did their usual activity. All the women included in the study were going through menopause or had already gone through it. Confounders were reduced by only including women that were already presenting frequent hot flashes at the start of the study. Participants were told to keep track of the number and severity of hot flashes using daily diary. Researchers found no connection between exercise and reduction in hot flashes. Author of the study still recommended women to exercise because of its beneficial effects on other menopausal symptoms such as depression and insomnia. What are your thoughts about these findings?

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Chinese Herbs May Reduce Hot Flashes

According to Hong Kong based research, 101 women with hot flashes in 40s and 50s were evaluated.  A preparation made from six Chinese herbs called Er-xian Decoction (EXD) was tested.  Compared to placebo, the reduction in hot flashes was modest. What are your favorite foods, herbs and supplements to recommend to patients with hot flashes?

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A soy diet may not prevent menopausal symptoms

A recent study published in the journal Menopause evaluated the consumption of soy-related products and the onset of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats in women who were premenopausal at the start of the study.  Soy contains phytoestrogens, a plant-based estrogen, and is mainly found in food such as tofu and miso.  After the 10-year study, researchers concluded that the intake of soy-containing foods did not prevent the onset of menopausal symptoms women experience.  What do you typically recommend to your patients for the prevention of symptoms of menopause

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