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Soy and LDL

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Executive Summary

Daily consumption of soy, including supplements, "may result in a small reduction" in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as reduce symptoms in post-menopausal women, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality announces Aug. 24. A meta-analysis conducted by an AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center showed a 3% reduction in LDL and a 6% reduction in triglycerides, Ethan Balk, MD, Tufts New England Medical Center, et al., find. The mean dose of soy in the studies was equivalent to one pound of tofu or three soy shakes a day. The report was sponsored by NCCAM and ODS, who requested a summary of "current evidence on the health effects of soy and its isoflavones." No effects were found on cancer, bone health, endocrine function or reproductive health...

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