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Study Shows Cholesterol-lowering Power of Dietitian Visits March 17, 2008

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Erica Cline at 706/828-2225.

Many patients can reach LDL cholesterol goal through dietary changes alone

Worried about your cholesterol? You may want to schedule a few appointments with a registered dietitian, to get some sound advice about how to shape up your eating habits, according to a new national study led by University of Michigan Health System researchers.

Not only are you likely to lower your cholesterol levels, you may be able to avoid having to take cholesterol medication, or having to increase your dose if you’re already taking one. And you’ll probably lose weight in the process, which also helps your heart.

Cheryl Mehta, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian with University Hospital’s Diabetes Services, said the benefit of working with a dietitian is that they are able to take the guesswork out of making nutritious food choices.

“Because we have a background in food science and food chemistry, our whole education is based on what food is made of, and what it contains,” she said. “We learned what types of food make your cholesterol go up, and we know which foods will bring your cholesterol back down.”

Ms. Mehta said this is especially important since new food nutrition studies are released seemingly weekly.

“People a lot of times aren’t getting the full picture,” she said. “But dietitians keep up with the science behind the studies, because you can read things and easily get confused.”

For more information or help finding a physician, call ASK-A-NURSE at 706/737-8423.

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