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Cholesterol lowering diets and coronary heart disease

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:945

Diet alone substantially reduces cholesterol in hypercholesterolaemia

  1. David W Evans, Emeritus consultant cardiologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge
  1. 27. Gough Way, Cambridge CB3 9LN
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR—In his letter Oliver states that “simple low fat and low cholesterol diets do not reduce plasma cholesterol concentration sufficiently to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”1 Although this may be true of dietary advice offered to free-living communities—in which a 6% reduction in blood cholesterol concentrations is achieved1—it is not true of individual care and monitoring given by enthusiastic dietitians and physicians to well motivated subjects with hypercholesterolaemia. My colleagues and I found that …

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