- Daily News for Senior Citizens

  FRONT PAGE • Aging • Health • Alzheimer's - Mental • Nutrition • Medicare & Medicaid • Politics  • Fitness  • Social Security • Alerts • Sex Health • Features • Retirement • Elder Care  >Search  >Senior Links


Senior Journal: Today's News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers

More Senior Citizen News and Information Than Any Other Source -

• Go to more on Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements or More Senior News on the Front Page


E-mail this page to a friend!

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Diet of Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Beats Low-Saturated Fat Diet in Lowering LDL

Supports the ideas of dietary strategies to lowering cholesterol; value of using recognized cholesterol-lowering foods

Soy ProductsAug. 23, 2011 - People with high cholesterol who received counseling regarding a diet that combined cholesterol-lowering foods such as soy protein, nuts and plant sterols (natural plant alcohol) over 6 months experienced a greater reduction in their unhealthy low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) than individuals who received advice on a low-saturated fat diet, according to a new study.

Efforts have been made to improve the ability of conventional dietary therapy to reduce serum cholesterol through the inclusion of specific foods or food components with known cholesterol-lowering properties, singly or in combination (dietary portfolio), according to background information on the study.


Related Archive Stories


Regular Consumption of High Cholesterol Diet May Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

New study used rats to show brain damage produced from 5% cholesterol-enriched diet

Nov. 24, 2010

When Nut Consumption Goes Up, Cholesterol Level Goes Down, Heart Health Improves

Blood cholesterol levels improve after eating nuts: bad cholesterol drops 7.4%, ratio improves 8.3%, 5.1% drop in total cholesterol

May 10, 2010

Sugar May Be Culprit in Senior Citizens Losing Battle Against Cholesterol, Triglyceride

JAMA report: increased sugars associated with ‘important cardiovascular disease risk factors,’ lower HDL-C, higher triglyceride, higher triglycerides to HDL-C - Watch video.

April 20, 2010

Vitamin C Cures Fast Aging Mice from Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Failure, High Cholesterol

Clearly indicates that healthy individuals do not require a large amount of vitamin C in order to increase their lifespan, scientist says

Jan. 4, 2009

Read more on Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements


The long-term effect of such diets compared with conventional dietary advice has not previously been assessed, according to the report in the August 24/31 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

David J. A. Jenkins, M.D., of St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto, and colleagues conducted a multi-center trial to determine whether advice to eat a dietary portfolio consisting of foods recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as associated with lowering serum cholesterol achieved significantly greater percentage decreases in LDL-C levels compared with a control diet at 6-month follow-up.

The control diet emphasized high fiber and whole grains but lacked components of the portfolio diet, which emphasized dietary incorporation of plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers, and nuts.

Plant sterols are a natural alcohol from plants containing few calories. It is approved by the FDA for margarine or vegetable oil spreads, and salad dressings, according to the Penn State, Department of Agriculture.

Vicous (soluble) fibers lower serum cholesterol by reducing the absorption of dietary cholesterol.  Examples are psyllium (Metamucil), methyl cellulose (Citrucel), guar gum, or ground flax seed, according to the University of Wisconsin, Family Medicine Department. (Link to page)

The study included 351 participants with hyperlipidemia from 4 participating academic centers across Canada (Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver) randomized between June 2007 and February 2009 to 1 of 3 treatments.

Participants received dietary advice for 6 months on one of three diets -  the low-saturated fat therapeutic diet (control) or a routine or intensive dietary portfolio, for which counseling was delivered at different frequencies.

Routine dietary portfolio involved 2 clinic visits over 6 months and intensive dietary portfolio involved 7 clinic visits over 6 months.

In the modified intention-to-treat analysis of 345 participants, the overall attrition rate was not significantly different between treatments (18 percent for intensive dietary portfolio, 23 percent for routine dietary portfolio, and 26 percent for control).

The researchers found that the change in LDL-C levels from the beginning of the study to week 24 in the control diet were - 3.0 percent or - 8 mg/dL.

In the routine and intensive dietary portfolio interventions, the respective percentage changes were - 13.1 percent or - 24 mg/dL and - 13.8 percent or - 26 mg/dL for LDL-C levels.

"Percentage LDL-C reductions for each dietary portfolio were significantly more than the control diet. The 2 dietary portfolio interventions did not differ significantly. Among participants randomized to one of the dietary portfolio interventions, percentage reduction in LDL-C on the dietary portfolio was associated with dietary adherence," the authors write.

"In conclusion, this study indicated the potential value of using recognized cholesterol-lowering foods in combination. We believe this approach has clinical application. A meaningful 13 percent LDL-C reduction can be obtained after only 2 clinic visits of approximately 60-and 40-minute sessions,” the authors write.

“The limited 3 percent LDL-C reduction observed in the conventional diet is likely to reflect the adequacy of the baseline diet and therefore suggests that larger absolute reductions in LDL-C may be observed when the dietary portfolio is prescribed to patients with diets more reflective of the general population.”

Note: Dr. Jenkins led a smaller but similar study released in 2003 that found similar results with these same diets. His group said then, “Combining a number of foods and food components in a single dietary portfolio may lower LDL-C similarly to statins and so increase the potential effectiveness of dietary therapy.” (Link to abstract)

Financial Relief for Volkswagen Diesel Owners

You may be eligible for money damages if you owned or leased one of these VW, Porsche or Audi vehicles.

In the major scandal of 2015, Volkswagen cheated you and the world. They rigged diesel emission controls so you, nor regulators, would know how much pollution their cars were adding to our environment.

They were caught and have reserved $7.3 billion to help "make it right" with victims.

If you owned or leased one of these vehicles, contact us now.

 Beth Janicek, Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Janicek Law attorneys are actively pursuing these cases against VW. Do Not Wait...

Janicek Law Firm, PC

Free Consultation

(Call toll free)

1-877-795-3425 or Email

Vehicles Involved

VW Jetta (2009–2015)

VW Jetta SportWagen (2009–2014)

VW Golf (2010-2015)

VW Golf SportWagen (2015)

VW Beetle (2012–2015)

VW Passat (2012-2015)

Audi A3 (2010-2015)

VW Touareg (2009–2016)

Porsche Cayenne (2015)

Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 Quattro (2016)


Search for more about this topic on

Google Web

Keep up with the latest news for senior citizens, baby boomers

Click to More Senior News on the Front Page




Published by New Tech Media -

Other New Tech Media sites include,,,, etc.