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June 2001 Issue

New Cholesterol Guide: More Drugs Plus Diet

A panel of experts has updated the National Cholesterol Education Programís decade-old recommendations for lowering blood cholesterol levels. Changes in acceptable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels will greatly increase the number of people prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, typically statins. Moreover, key changes in dietary recommendations were made. A cholesterol-lowering diet will now allow up to 35% of calories from fat to allow more monounsaturated fat, as long as saturated fat is still kept below 7% of calories. Allowable daily

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