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Soy does not reduce cholesterol in postmenopausal women

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Contrary to many beliefs, a recent study has revealed that consuming soy does not help cut down cholesterol levels in women who have gone through menopause. According to www.reuters.com, the estrogen levels in postmenopausal women plunges downwards, which leads to an increased level of cholesterol, while raising bad LDL and decreasing the good HDL cholesterol. However, this new study conducted by a team of researchers has revealed that consuming soy for even a period of one year does not create much a difference.

As per www.news.yahoo.com, the research was conducted on about 87 women in their postmenopausal phase and had high level of cholesterol. They were made to consume soy products and products containing milk protein for a period of one year. It was found that although the overall cholesterol and the good HDL cholesterol saw a slight increase, however, the bad LDL cholesterol level did not see any effect.

CarolinHaving HDL below the 50 mg/dL level can pose high risk of heart problems in women while HDL of about 60 mg/dL helps keep heart in good shape. “Our results support the large body of literature showing no favorable alterations in the lipid profile as a result of the incorporation of 25 g/day of soy protein in the diet.” said the researchers.

High levels of cholesterol is a serious condition. Celebrities who have has issues with this include former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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