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Diet To Lower Cholesterol

A study from New Zealand shows that it takes only two weeks for a diet to lower cholesterol as much as it is going to do.

You lower cholesterol by replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat and by restricting refined carbohydrates found in bakery products, pastas, and sugar-added foods. Many doctors think that it takes months for a cholesterol-lowering diet to work, but this study confirms most others, to show that it takes only two weeks for a diet to give you maximum cholesterol lowering.

If you have a high cholesterol, go on a diet that restricts saturated fats in meat and chicken and whole milk products; partially hydrogenated fats in many bakery products, prepared foods and solid oils; and refined carbohydrates in bakery products, pastas, and sugar-added foods, and increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds and beans. Then ask your doctor to recheck your cholesterol. If it is not normal in two weeks, you may need to take medication.

Maximal response to a plasma cholesterol-lowering diet is achieved within two weeks. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 2002, Vol 12, Iss 5, pp 291-295. L Hodson, CM Skeaff, JE McKenzie. Skeaff CM, Univ Otago, Dept Human Nutr, POB 56, Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND

3/14/03

Copyright 2003 www.DrMirkin.com
Dr. Mirkin's opinions and the references cited are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider.

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