Effects of Soy Foods in Postmenopausal Women: A Focus on Osteosarcopenia and Obesity.

Journal of obesity & metabolic syndrome. 2020;29(3):180-187
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The body composition of postmenopausal women changes rapidly due to hormonal changes, including the loss of bone (osteoporosis) and muscle (sarcopenia), usually in the presence of increased adiposity and fat redistribution towards central-type obesity. The aim of this study was to summarise the efficacy of soy foods and their impact on body composition. Research shows that soy products: - may improve the body composition of menopausal and premenopausal women. - delay the physical disabilities of menopausal women with osteosarcopenia and obesity. - may improve muscle mass and bone strength to prevent the development of osteosarcopenia in post-menopausal women. Authors conclude that further research is required since some studies have questioned the mechanism of the protective effect of soybean ingredients on certain metabolic diseases.


Chronic diseases in postmenopausal women are caused by rapid changes in hormones and are accompanied by rapid changes in body composition (muscle, bone, and fat). In an aging society, the health of postmenopausal women is a social issue, and people's interest in ingesting high-quality protein is increasing in order to maintain a healthy body composition. This review aims to summarize the efficacy of soy foods and their impact on body composition. The soy protein and isoflavones contained in soy foods can improve muscle and bone density quality and reduce body weight. It is considered a breakthrough in preventing osteosarcopenia and obesity that may occur after menopause.

Lifestyle medicine

Fundamental Clinical Imbalances : Hormonal ; Structural
Patient Centred Factors : Triggers/Soy food
Environmental Inputs : Diet ; Nutrients
Personal Lifestyle Factors : Nutrition
Functional Laboratory Testing : Not applicable

Methodological quality

Jadad score : Not applicable
Allocation concealment : Not applicable
Publication Type : Journal Article ; Review