Soy, isoflavones harmful for ER+?

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Question from Ann: We are told to eat soy and isoflavones for our bones. But if you are estrogen-receptor-positive, it is not clear if you should use isoflavones. What are we to do?
Answers - Charles Shapiro That's a good question and one that's very confusing. The bottom line is we don't know whether soy products and isoflavones are harmful when you've had a breast cancer history. So I would say that in the absence of definitive information one way or the other, if you have an osteoporosis problem, I wouldn't choose to treat it with soy products.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Even for women without breast cancer, it's not clear how effective soy isoflavones are at minimizing bone loss or increasing bone strength. This is an area under study.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Keeping Your Bones Strong featured Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to measure the strength of your bones, how to find out your risk for osteoporosis, and what you can do to lower that risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2002.

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