Nutrition Counseling Reduces Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Nutrition counseling by a physician improves heart health, according to a study published in Advances in Nutrition. A routine cardiology visit that included some discussion about adopting a vegan diet resulted in patients lowering their total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, independent of statin use. After an average of 48 days, total cholesterol dropped from 209.2 mg/dl to 167.8 mg/dl, and LDL fell from 126.1 mg/dl to 89.4 mg/dl. The authors recommend physicians incorporate lifestyle interventions into their clinical practice or refer such service out to other health care professionals.
Schleifer JW, Mookadam F, Scales R, Hurst R, Cornella K, Alegria J. Short-term effect of physician nutrition counseling during a routine cardiology visit. Adv Nutr. 2016;7:18A.
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