Link between soy and uterine cancer questioned

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A new study questions the link between soy and uterine cancer by revealing that the food does not reduce the risk of getting the disease. The research, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, focused on 49,000 women in Japan who regularly consumed large amounts of soy foods.

Isoflavones in soy may not help against uterine cancer

Despite the positive research that indicates isoflavones found in soy can help protect people from cancer, researchers have discovered that this does not seem to apply to uterine cancer. The study mentions that eating large amounts of soy does not seem to offer extra protection against endometrial cancer. However, researchers would prefer more tests be conducted to determine why soy is not helping to prevent this type of cancer.

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During the study, 112 women, out of the 49,000 included in the research, ended up with uterine cancer. Researchers state that they did not find a link between how much soy these women consumed compared to their peers in the same group. This indicates that eating more soy foods does not guarantee extra protection from the cancer.

Soy foods and controversy

Soy products have been at the center of many health debates with various studies suggesting benefits and side effects. Soy has become a common component of many food products, so consumers may be eating the food every day without realizing it. Soy can be found in items ranging from energy bars to soups, and it is not easy to avoid.

Researchers continue to study the impact of eating soy on a person’s health and weight, so the debates are far from over. However, if you are considering adding or changing the amount of soy in your diet, then you may want to consult a medical professional or nutritionist before making these decisions.

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