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C. What Women Should Know about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Narrator: This is Science Today. Many women suffering from menopause are prescribed hormone replacement therapy to treat their symptoms. But recent, major studies found that hormone replacement therapies increase the risk for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Joanne Ikeda, a nutritionist at the University of California, Berkeley says many women are now turning to alternative therapies, including a diet rich in phytoestrogens found in soy products.

Ikeda:There is some research to show that soy-based foods can relieve mild menopausal symptoms. However, it really won't impact if you're having major menopausal symptoms.

Narrator: Ikeda says the best bet is to speak to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy.

Ikeda: Your physician can help you - perhaps can lower the doses, change the type, but physicians are concerned, they're aware of this new research information.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.