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One of Viva Health's important tasks is to unravel scientific research and make it easy to understand and digestible. Here we update you on the latest… by Dr Justine Butler, Viva Health Senior Health Campaigner Life Science Beat Diabetes.

New research from the Journal of Nutrition shows that soya foods can lower cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. They found that 40 grams of soya protein per day for 57 days significantly reduced cholesterol, compared to milk protein. Lead researcher Dr Alison Duncan said: “This study provides evidence for soya as a dietary preventive strategy for adults with type 2 diabetes to reduce their cardiovascular disease risk and, in so doing, improve their quality, and possibly length, of life.” 

Soy protein reduces serum LDL cholesterol and the LDL cholesterol: HDL cholesterol and apolipprotein B: apolipprotein A-1 ratios in adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition. Cut prostate cancer risk A new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports how soya foods can lower the risk of prostate cancer by up to 26 per cent. Interestingly the research found that, while non-fermented soya foods (tofu and soya milk) lowered the risk, fermented ones (miso and soya sauce) did not. Yan and Spitznagel, 2009. Soy consumption and prostate cancer risk in men: a revisit of a meta-analysis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. SO good for YA! What’s your position?

The world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals, the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has long stated that appropriately planned vegetarian and vegan diets are suitable for people of all ages (including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence) and for athletes. In an updated paper they now state how vegetarians also tend to have lower levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, body mass index and overall cancer rates. Craig et al, 2009. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.