Diet and the Menopause

Diet and the Menopause

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NDR-UK Ref No: 1006
Publication Format: A5 leaflet
Classification: PiL  
Pack size: 10
Publication date: 01/07
Last Review: 05/17
Next Review: 2020

Dietary guidance for women to help ease common menopausal symptoms.

Classification: PiL (Patient Information Leaflet)

Enforcement of healthy eating messages for self-management - advice is easily understood requiring no additional explanation.

To enable clients and their carers to understand how dietary measures can improve sense of well being and physical health in the menopause.

Target Group will know how to adapt their diet to ensure adequate nutrition during the menopause.

Evidence Base

  • Committee on Toxicity (COT).  Report on phytoestrogens and health.  Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment 2003 pp 293

  • Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. Report on Health and Social Subjects No. 41. HMSO, London   Department of Health (1991)

  • Holloway D. Non-hormonal treatment options during the menopause. Nurse Prescribing, 2008, 6, (11): 479-84

  • Jefferson A. Phytoestrogens and the menopause – do they really help? Nutrition Bulletin Volume 2005 30, Issue 4, 370–373

  • Krebbs EE, Ensrud KE, McDonald R et al. Phytoestrogens for treatment of menopausal symptoms: a systematic review. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2004; 104 (4): 824-836

  • Lagari VS, Levis S Phytoestrogens for menopausal bone loss and climacteric symptoms. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2014; 139:294-301

  • Phillips  F. Advising women on the menopause and diet. Practice Nurse, 2012, 42, (18): 28-32

  • Soy (isoflavone) is not recommended for the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women with breast cancer. Recommendation ID:361Interventions: soy (isoflavone) Guidance ID:CG80 Breast cancer (early & locally advanced) February 2009

  • The role of soy isoflavones in menopausal health: report of The North American Menopause Society/Wulf H. Utian Translational Science Symposium in Chicago, IL (October 2010) Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society 2011 Vol. 18, No. 7, pp. 732/753

  • Thomas B (Ed), Adults: Women’s Health Manual of Dietetics 4th edition, Oxford: Blackwells, 2006 page 326

  • Zhang X, Shu X-O, Li H, et al.  Prospective cohort study of soy food consumption and risk of bone fracture among postmenopausal women. Arch Intern Med, 2005; 165:1890-1895.

  • Chen YM, Ho SC, Lam SS et al. Soy isoflavones have a favourable effect on bone loss in Chinese postmenopausal women with lower bone mass: a double-blind randomised controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 2003; 88

  • Ernst E (Ed) The desktop guide to complementary and alternative medicine; an evidence-based approach. pp 90-91. London: Mosby, 2001.

  • Blaic, S. (2014). Soya, food and health . Available:

  • Bussell, G. (2015). Diet and the menopause. Available:

  • National Institute for Health & Care Excellence. (2015). Menopause Diagnosis & Management. Available:

  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. (2010). Alternatives to HRT for the Management of symptoms of the Menopause . Available:

  • Public Health England (2016). The Eatwell Guide. Available: 

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