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Soya-are you getting your facts right?


For immediate release: 28 July 2008

Soya – are you getting your facts right?

Many women want to increase their intake of soya foods at the menopause, as these fit well into a healthy balanced diet and are rich in phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens). But with conflicting reports in the media looking at the safety and effectiveness of soya products, it’s easy to become confused.

In the Summer 2008 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, registered dietitian and author Nigel Denby separates the facts from fiction, based on current scientific opinion and medical research. Issues covered include: Is soya safe for men and children? Is it safe for cancer sufferers to eat soya products? Is it good for your bones?

“Soya products are a healthy alternative to meat and dairy foods, but many of the media reports about soya have been negative,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “In his article, Nigel Denby gives sensible advice on how much soya women should eat for good health and the phytoestrogen content of popular foods.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects, like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition, lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. heart disease). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions from individuals and health professionals. Other articles in the Summer 2008 issue include HRT for women prone to chronic medical conditions, bladder problems and aromatherapy at the menopause. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to



1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.

2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.

3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; complementary therapies at the menopause; phytoestrogen and herb safety; osteoporosis treatments; memory problems; getting your libido back; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter, regular fact sheets, use of the information service and ‘Ask the Experts’ panel) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £40 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.