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Study: Fiber-rich food, dietitian's help can lower cholesterol

Posted August 23, 2011

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— Canadian researchers have found that a fiber-rich diet and regular consultations with a dietitian can significantly lower cholesterol in older men and women, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study followed 351 people on the verge of needing medication to control cholesterol, specifically low-density lipoprotein – LDL or "bad cholesterol" as it's often called – for 6 months.

Study participants met several times with a dietitian and ate an enriched cholesterol-lowering diet based on a portfolio developed by Dr. David J.A. Jenkins, a nutritionist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, that included lentils, nuts, eggplant and okra.

"We had a very significant improvement in LDL cholesterol lowering with the dietary portfolio," Jenkins said. 

Diet and cholesterol Study: Fiber-rich food, dietitian's help can lower cholesterol

Researchers found that LDL levels went down 13 to 14 percent.

Study participant Bonnie Wood said she is very glad to be able to manage her cholesterol without medication.

"I would prefer 100 percent to try and lower it by a program of food rather than statin drugs," she said. 

She also plans to use a cookbook given to study participants to help her incorporate more fiber into her diet from now on.

"You kind of think, 'Well, what do I do with lentils?' So, there (are) recipes for things like barley and any other kind of fiber, just to make it a bit more interesting," Wood said.


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  • nascarguy Aug 31, 2011

    The medical establishment doesn't have a clue what they're talking about when it comes to cholesterol. I was tested as borderline high despite a lifestyle consistent with their list of guidelines to a tee. Perfect!

  • HeadPro Aug 26, 2011

    I must have offended some fat people...who don't exercise or care what their actions, or inactions, do to themselves or the people that care about them. For that, I'm NOT sorry...

  • toofarout Aug 26, 2011

    Headpro do you understand articles you read? Or do you read them and not comprehend what they are about? There's nothing about weightloss so get off you highhorse.

  • HeadPro Aug 26, 2011

    The article states two things... 1. the study group consists of older men and women 2. Cholesteral levels were lowered by 13 to 14% through high fiber diet. Nothing more or less. Backgrounds of the older men and women were NOT disclosed. So a high fiber diet is key to lowering cholesteral levels in these participants as the article suggests.
    Another point... older men and women experience higher cholesteral levels naturally as a result of lowered harmon levels, which by itself leads to much lower metabolism, muscle loss, fatigue, general tired feeling, depression, etc...., just to name a few. What I take from these oversimplified results as presented in the article is that these people must remain on a fiber rich diet for the rest of their lives in order to keep their cholesteral levels down. In order to minimize the effects of old age, one must do as I posted originally, which is build a sound foundation for good health through exercise and diet. I address the cause, not symptoms

  • psycho Aug 26, 2011

    Kinda missed the point of the article there, Headpro... we're talking cholesterol, not weight, and cholesterol can, and often is, high in otherwise very healthy and fit people. And by the way, it may surprise you but many people have NO idea what foods are healthy and which not, and the combinations you need may vary according to your personal situation - cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. SO it's not as simple as you seem to think it is.

  • johnniepettiford Aug 25, 2011

    Headpro, the study is about reducing cholesterol, not losing weight. There are many who exercise adequately and maintain a healthy weight yet their cholesterol remains high. In any case, the point is that statin drugs should not be the first choice.

  • HeadPro Aug 25, 2011

    You don't need a dietician to help you loose weight. What you need is to quite acting like you can have your cake and eat it too! You can't stuff yourself with processed foods, cakes, pies, etc... and expect to be healthy, let alone, maintain a healthy weight. You need to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, including whole grain foods. Have your desert, but in moderation.... and for God's sake... educate yourselves in terms of knowing what a "portion" is! Show a little self control and discipline and quite blaming others for your lard ----. Exercise at least 30 mins to an hour a day while achieving your target heart rate for a minimum of 20 minutes. Remember to stretch first, and cool down afterwards. Drink plenty of water... and NOT diet drinks. Diet drinks are BAD for you. Use your brain people...