Low Fat Does Not Lower Cholesterol but Exercise Does

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine followed the cholesterol levels of 197 men and 180 postmenopausal women over the course of a year. All study participants began the study with moderately high blood levels of LDL cholesterol, placing them at high risk for heart disease. Study patients were put on: a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet for one year and found no significant reductions in total and LDL cholesterol. However, when the diet was combined with aerobic exercise the resulting reductions in LDL cholesterol levels were significant.The Stanford team were also concerned about the impact of diet and exercise on blood levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, which can help lower heart disease risk.

The New England Journal of Medicine July 2, 1998;339:12-20

COMMENT: This is very powerful study documenting scientifically how utterly ludicrous a low-fat diet is to lower cholesterol. I would have missed this study if I hadn't read the original in the New England Journal as the wire services cleverly disguised this as a positive for exercise and neglected to emphasize that the major nail in the coffin is for the low fat low cholesterol myth. I have been using the low grain and carbohydrate approach with incredible results on the vast majority of patients for the last three years. It clearly works. This study is published in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world and is from a very respectable institution: Stanford. If you had any micro doubts or have a health care professional who still believes that low-fat, low-cholesterol is the appropriate treatment for treating high cholesterol, you should have them review this article. You can review it directly by going to the journal's web site. Their link is on my links page at www.mercola.com.

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