On its website, ABC News /Good Morning America (10/24, Main) reports that dietary changes may "do a better job" than taking statins to lower cholesterol. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers "followed 345 people with high cholesterol who were placed on one of two vegetarian, low-cholesterol diets for six months." Those in the "low-saturated-fat diet...were told simply to eat low-fat dairy and get more fruits and vegetables into their meals." The second group incorporated "specific cholesterol-lowering foods into their meals," such as "soy proteins, nuts, oats, peas, and beans. That group saw a drop in cholesterol three times higher than the group on the regular low-saturated-fat diet, and both diets proved to be at least as successful as early trials of statins."
POSTED BY STEVEN ALMANY, MD