Soy & Heart

Soy & Heart Disease

Today there are many soyfoods that you can choose from that can provide many health benefits, especially in reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Heart Disease in Australia (1)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the term used for heart, stroke, and blood vessel diseases.

CVD is the leading cause of death in Australia, accounting for 39% of all deaths in 2000; claiming the lives of more than one in three Australians.

Coronary Heart Disease is the greatest single cause of death among Australians and stroke is the second largest.

One Australian dies every ten minutes of cardiovascular disease.

Heart Disease Around the World (2)

Russia has the highest death rate from cardiovascular disease followed by the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Poland.

Japan has the lowest death rate of cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease is a major health and economic burden throughout the world, especially in developed countries. It is estimated that coronary heart disease will become the single leading public health problem for the world by 2020.

Role of Soy in Preventing Heart Disease (3)

Major forms of Cardiovascular Disease - including coronary heart disease, hypertensive disease, rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease and stroke - are largely preventable. We can control both the primary risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure and elevated serum cholesterol) and secondary risk factors (physical inactivity, obesity, uncontrolled blood glucose levels and poor dietary choices).

In the United States the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein were officially recognized by the Food & Drug Administration in 1999 and a year later, by the American Heart Foundation.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a health claim for soy protein in October 1999. The health claim states that 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce risk of coronary heart disease.

This final rule is based on the FDA's conclusion that foods containing soy protein included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of Coronal Heart Disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels (4).


1. National Heart Foundation www.heartfoundation.com.au
2. Excerpt from: Australian Institute of Health & Welfare 2002. Australian Health 2002. Canberra: AIHW. Accessed: Heart Foundation Website www.heartfoundation.com.au 26.02.04.
3. www.talksoy.com/SoyHealthClaim
4. FDA Talk Paper, Food & Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD 20857, T99-48 October 20, 1999]
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