Healthy Diet Can Lower Cholesterol - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/03

Healthy Diet Can Lower Cholesterol

While drugs may be the popular choice among many doctors to lower cholesterol, a growing number of studies are showing that in many cases a healthy diet can lower it just the same.

The latest research comes from the University of Toronto, and it's also in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The four week study of 46 overweight and high cholesterol patients found that just by eating the right things they could lower their cholesterol an average of 29 points, compared to the other study group that lowered their cholesterol 30 points.

That's just one point difference when both groups followed a low fat diet, but one group also took a type of drug called Statins, sold under the brand name of Altocor or Mevacor. Researchers say they plan to study the effects of the diet over a longer period of time. But so far, this is one more high five for a healthy diet.

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