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Is soy bad for you?

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anonymous

Survivor since 2007 almost 7 years
 
  • Jody  Feil Profile
    anonymous
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    I think the jury is still out on that. The studies are very conflicting. Women in Asia eat about 10X more soy than Americans, but they're overall diet is healthier and they have less instances of breast cancer. But, I would recommend talking to your doctor or a dietician. I think the overall theme is to try to eat as healthy (mostly vegetables) as possible and exercise regularly. I do think if you're concerned about soy or if you feel nervous about it, it may help your stress levels to just limit it.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Lisa Grey Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi, Jody -
      I agree that it's a complicated issue.

      Other phytoestrogens - estrogens from plants - such as flax, chick peas, etc., actually have a protective role, in that they sit on the estrogen receptors so that cancer cells cannot. But in the...

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      Hi, Jody -
      I agree that it's a complicated issue.

      Other phytoestrogens - estrogens from plants - such as flax, chick peas, etc., actually have a protective role, in that they sit on the estrogen receptors so that cancer cells cannot. But in the case of soy, there is evidence that it can go either way - either block the cancer, or encourage it.

      To add to the complication, it may be possible that certain races respond differently to soy - or cancer - as compared to others. Also, it seems that the form of soy plays a role. processed soy, as is the case with any processed product, is harder for the body to recognize and use properly. On the other hand, soy lecithin has no isoflavines in it at all. It is mainly just a binder, so it has no estrogenic effect on its own.

      over 6 years Flag
  • Lou Cam Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    If you have hormone positive cancer you should avoid soy completely, as well as any other supplements or products that have an estrogen effect in your body
    almost 5 years Comment Flag

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