Including diet rich soy and soy products can helps women lower the risks of hormonal disorders associated with infertility and prevents the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, suggests a study.
The researchers have conducted a study on how these soy isoflavones which are the plant-based oestrogens found in the soybean plant will assist women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges and a major cause of infertility.
Women with PCOS have increased risk of developing health issues such as diabetes and heart diseases. Lead author Zatollah Asemi from University of Kashan in Iran said, “The study indicates that consuming soy isoflavones regularly saw improvement in biological markers reflect how effectively the body utilises insulin to process sugar.”
Soy isoflavones has the potential in lowering the levels of circulating insulin in the blood and other biological markers associated with insulin resistance. Including soy products in diet can also lower the levels of testosterone, as Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol than their counterparts who received the placebo.
Pcos is the condition when woman’s body produces slightly higher amounts of testosterone and other androgen hormones, sex hormones typically associated with men, but also found in women than the normal levels. Such hormone imbalances can lead to other irregular or absent menstrual periods, infertility, weight gain, acne, excess hair on the face and body, or thinning hair on the scalp. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.