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Current Women`s Health Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-4048
ISSN (Online): 1875-6581

Soy Isoflavones and Exercise: Possible Benefits for Postmenopausal Womens Cardiovascular Health

Author(s): Stephane Choquette, David-Alexandre Lalancette and Isabelle J. Dionne

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2009

Page: [56 - 62] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/157340409788185794

Price: $65


Menopause is characterized by a decrease of estrogen and progesterone levels. It is also associated with deleterious changes in body composition and blood lipids that increase the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Physical activity and hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) have been suggested to act in synergy on important risk factors. However, HRT has recently been associated with a greater risk of CVD in older women, which has lead to an acute interest in alternative therapies. Soy isoflavones, a class of phytoestrogens, have shown beneficial effects on body composition of peri- and postmenopausal Japanese women. Recently, some studies combining isoflavones and exercise have suggested potential actions on risk factors of CVD.

Keywords: Aged, Menopause, Cardiovascular diseases, Physical activity, Body composition, Phytoestrogens, Soy isoflavones

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