Eating   soy  foods   may   be   beneficial  to  improve  metabolic  and  cardiovascular health in women, who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Soy  isoflavones  have  fighting  effects  against menopausal symptoms, coronary heart disease etc.
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There are about 17percent men and 15 percent women in the world facing the incurable disease like diabetes. Most of the men and women having diabetic faces cardiovascular problem. Heart diseases also a great concern in modern world peoples.


A new research study was published in the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism”; eating soy may be beneficial to improve metabolic and cardiovascular health in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).


Poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition which affects how a woman's ovaries will work. Woman with PCOS experience irregular periods, high levels of "male hormones" in the body. Poly-cystic ovaries that become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs that like surround in the eggs. It is the main cause of infertility in women. In such a condition a woman faces serious health issue such as insulin resistance, which elevates the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. PCOS is also associated with metabolic syndrome that contributes to both diabetes and heart disease.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Study shows that around 10-15 percent of women of childbearing age affected by PCOS and less than 50 percent of women diagnosed. Research has also shown that around 40 percent of patients with diabetes and glucose intolerance between the ages of 20-50 have PCOS. In the United States, PCOS affects an estimated more than 8 million women.


The research was doing by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Arak University of Medical Sciences, and Research Center for Biochemistry and Nutrition in Metabolic Diseases, Kashan University of Medical Sciences in Iran.The scientists have examined how a diet containing soy isoflavones could benefit women with PCOS.


Soy isoflavones are naturally produced, plant-based estrogen found in the soybean plant. They are often found in foods such as soy milk, as well as supplements.The increasing interest in using soy isoflavones in diseases related to metabolic syndrome. Surveys and nutritional intervention researches have suggested that dietary isoflavones have fighting effects against menopausal symptoms, coronary heart disease,cancer, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, and various forms of chronic renal disease.


The trial, led by Mehri Jamilian and Zatollah Asemi, PhD., was performed on 70women diagnosed with PCOS aged between 18-40 years. The women were referred to the Kosar Clinic in Arak, Iran, between December 2015 and February 2016.


The research trial, lead by Zatollah Asemi and MehriJamilian, Ph.D., was performed on 70 women diagnosed with PCOS aged between18-40 years. The women were referred to the Kosar Clinic in Arak, Iran, between December 2015 and February 2016. The women were divided into two groups. Every woman was taking 50 mg of soy isoflavones or placebo daily for 12 weeks. The amount of soy is equivalent to the amount in 500 milliliters of soy milk.Metabolic, endocrine, inflammation, and oxidative stress bio markers were observed in blood samples at the beginning of the study and after the 12-weekintervention. The women were instructed to maintain current levels of exercise and to avoid taking other nutritional supplements for the duration of the research.

A woman is eating soy foods.

The researchers found that those women were taking soy isoflavones administration significantly decreased circulating levels of insulin and other biological markers associated with insulin resistance - a process how the body's tissues are resistant to the effects of insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Supplementation with soy isoflavones also resulted in significant reductions in testosterone, harmful cholesterol known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and triglycerides - or fats in the blood -than their counterparts who received the placebo.


"Our research found that women who have PCOS may benefit from incorporating soy isoflavones in their diets," says Asemi, of Kashan University of Medical Sciences.


"In the first study to examine the connection, we found women who consumed soy isoflavones regularly saw improvement in biological markers that reflect how effectively the body utilizes insulin to process sugars and had reduced levels of harmful cholesterol." Zatollah Asemi, PhD.


The researchers did not find any side effect of soy isoflavones. The team also didn't observe any significant effect of soy isoflavones intake on other lipid profiles and inflammatory and oxidative stress markers.


"There is growing interest in how adding soy to the diet can help address metabolic syndrome and related health conditions," says Asemi. "Our findings indicate consuming soy isoflavones regularly may help women with PCOS improve their metabolic and cardiovascular health," he concludes.


However, researches don’t give us any clear guidance on eating soy-rich foods, women with oestrogen receptor positive breast tumors should restrict their soy intake to no more than five servings per week and should avoid soy isoflavones supplements. Before changing your diet,it is advisable that you speak to your doctor or alternative health professional.

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