Fight Hot Flashes with Diet and Weight Loss

Losing weight by eating lots of fruits and vegetables in conjunction with a low-fat diet may help women stop having hot flashes and night sweats that often accompany menopause, according to a Kaiser Permanente Division of Research study published in the journal Menopause.

Researchers followed more than 17,000 women experiencing menopausal symptoms but not taking hormone replacement therapy. Those who lost 10 pounds or more – or 10 percent of their baseline body weight – “were more likely to reduce or eliminate hot flashes and nights after one year, compared to those in a control group who maintained their weight,” according to a news release from Kaiser Permanente.

So, what did the women eat?

A diet low in fat that included whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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