At the time of the public outcry, researchers from the aforementioned organizations reiterated that tofu consumption helps prevent colon, breast, and prostate cancer as well as atherosclerosis and post-menopausal hip fractures.
These sources of dietary fiber can help reduce your cholesterol and help prevent cardiovascular disease, as outlined by a 2010 study by Pennsylvania State University (Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2010 Nov;12(6):368-376).
There is strong evidence in numerous research studies, however, that a family history of high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, heart attack, or stroke increases the risk of a child developing high cholesterol levels.
Deficiency can lead to convulsions, vision and hearing problems, muscle contractions, tooth-grinding and other problems in children; and atherosclerosis, heart disease, and hypertension in older adults.
Specific risk factors include a family history of high cholesterol, obesity, coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis), stroke, alcoholism, diabetes, high blood pressure, and lack of regular exercise.
Although obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and smoking are common stroke risk factors in adults, they rarely contribute to stroke risk in children.
When your blood pressure remains high over a long period of time, you will experience hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and are at risk for heart attacks and stroke.
High cholesterol levels and fatty deposits in veins and arteries (atherosclerosis) have been found during autopsies of children who have died of accidents and other causes.
In children, blockages may be caused by a blood clot, injury to the artery, or rarely in children, atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits on the blood vessel walls).
It also helps to lower blood pressure, prevent atherosclerosis and discourage excess blood clotting, which can help to lower your chances of heart attack and stroke.