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Soy: Fart Away Your Risk For Breast Cancer and Hot Flashes

From tofu to chocolate milk, soy has been sweepin’ the nation. In addition to helping lactose intolerant freelance writers enjoy a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal every now and again, the lil’ bean is chock full of calcium, protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and magnesium, plus it’s the only vegetable that can give you amino acids. But the nutritional goodies are just the tip of where the health benefits begin for us ladies. According to new studies, soy will fend off hot flashes from the ‘pause (although it will not stop you from getting dragged to see Menopause the Musical with your mom who laughs waaaaaay too hard at the jokey rhymes). Soy also reduces the risk of developing breast cancer by 18% in women with a high BMI (body mass index). Not sure how high your BMI is? Check out this chart while you chow down on a delicious Tofutti ice cream sandwich. [Health World and Health Castle] Keep reading »

Obesity Can Cause Fertility Problems

There’s been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. over the past 20 years, and a new study from researchers in Scotland suggests obesity might be inhibiting men’s fertility. Past studies have shown that this is the case with women, and this new study, which looked at sperm samples from 5,000 men and divided them into groups based on the Body Mass Index, found that those with a normal BMI (20 to 25) had higher levels of normal sperm than those who were overweight or obese. Underweight men also had fewer normal sperm, “but there were not many underweight men in Scotland,” said Ghiyath Shayeb, the lead researcher. He and his team have a couple ideas about what could cause the issues in overweight men, and they either think fat tissues influence the metabolism of sex hormones, or the increase in fat may cause a rise in body temperature and result in overheating. Sperm is best produced at a temperature two degrees cooler than the normal body temperature — who knew? [CBS News] Keep reading »

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