Medittaranean diet linked to fewer hot flashes in menopause

An Australian study has shown that women who eat diets high in fruit, certain vegetables, pasta and red wine are less likely to have hot flushes and night sweats during their menopause

Nearly 6,000 women were studied over nine years; the women were aged between 50 55 and all went through a natural menopause. Those who ate a lot of strawberries, pineapple and melon and most closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet were about 20% less likely to report those common symptoms.  On the other hand, menopausal women who ate high-sugar, high-fat diets were 23% more likely to experience hot flushes.

As well as the fruit, the women who consumed the Mediterranean type diet were eating foods such as garlic, salad greens, pasta and red wine. But vegetables in general, as well as meat and dairy, were not associated with either a higher or lower chance of having menopausal symptoms,

Researchers were not really sure of the mechanism behind why the diet worked against hot flushes but postulated that a low-fat, high-fibre diet may help stabilise oestrogen levels and ease hot flushes and night sweats.  Also, a Mediterranean-style diet may help keep blood sugars within the optimum range, which could also help lower a woman’s chance of symptoms.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in a paper online April 3rd.



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