Doctors Say Cholesterol Must Remain a Nutrient of Concern

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NEWS RELEASE October 7, 2015
Doctors Say Cholesterol Must Remain a Nutrient of Concern
Statement by Neal Barnard, M.D., on Oct. 7 House Agriculture Committee Hearing on Dietary Guidelines

“During the Oct. 7 hearing on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, I’m urging the federal government to keep disease-fighting cholesterol warnings in the final guidelines. House Agriculture Committee chairman Rep. K. Michael Conaway can help protect public health by ensuring that Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health, and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, remain vigilant about cholesterol.

“The Agriculture Committee, the USDA, and HHS must put science over industry influence. Several recent meta-analyses have shown that dietary cholesterol increases total cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. We’ve known for decades that dietary cholesterol raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are among our nation’s top killers.

“The 2015 Dietary Guidelines are poised to make significant strides in reducing America’s chronic disease epidemics by recommending plant-based diets. Let’s not reverse this progress by removing lifesaving cholesterol warnings.”

To speak with Neal Barnard, M.D., please contact Carrie Clyne at 202-527-7339 or cclyne@pcrm.org.

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Neal Barnard, M.D. is president and founder of the Physicians Committee and an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Barnard is the author of groundbreaking NIH-funded research that shows a low-fat vegan diet dramatically stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and improves kidney function. He is the author of 70 published clinical research studies, 17 books, including two New York Times best-sellers, and three PBS specials about diet and health. Follow Dr. Barnard @DrNealBarnard.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.