Soy Builds Bone and Causes Fat Loss.
A total of 70 healthy, middle-aged women, both pre- and post-menopausal were put on either soy isoflavones 100mg a day or placebo for 24 weeks. DEXA bone scans were performed to assess the effect of soy isoflavones on bone mineral density. Soy isoflavones (but not placebo) considerably increased bone mineral density. Interestingly, the soy isoflavones also prevented an increase in body fat seen in the placebo group and actually caused fat loss. The soy isoflavones at 100mg a day prevented bone mineral loss even in postmenopausal women, increased bone mineral density, and caused a loss of body fat. The study is published in the December 2004 issue of the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.
What's Bad for the Heart is Terrible for the Brain
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente, an HMO in California, studied data on 8,845 members. Having any of four major cardiovascular risk factors between the ages of 40 and 44 greatly increased their risk of dementia later in life. The four factors were diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Each risk factor was connected to a 20% to 40% increased risk of developing dementia. Individuals with all four risk factors had a more than doubling of their risk of senile dementia. The study is published in the January 25th, 2005 issue of the journal Neurology.