October is National Cholesterol Month

Posted: 19 September 2014
  1. Research conducted among 1,874 UK adults (aged 18+) by Opinion Matters between 20.09.13 -23.09.13.
  2. Joint Health Surveys Unit (2009) Health Survey for England 2008. Physical activity and fitness, The Information Centre, Leeds

Greater beneficial effect on reducing cholesterol by plant sterols – New European Commission regulation states

  1. Official Journal of the European Union; Commission Regulation (EU) No 686/2014 of 20 June 2014; amending Regulations (EC) No 983/2009 and (EU) No 384/2010 as regards the conditions of use of certain health claims related to the lowering effect of plant sterols and plant stanols on blood LDL-cholestrol. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:JOL_2014_182_R_0009 Last accessed July 2014.

Further data shows raising plasma HDL cholesterol may not reduce heart disease risk

  1. Armitage, ‘HPS2-THRIVE: Randomized comparison of extended release (ER) niacin/ laropiprant 2g Daily Versus Placebo in 25,673 Patients at High Risk of Occlusive Vascular Events’, ACC Confernece, March 2013
  2. NHS Choices, High Cholesterol [Last accessed: 2nd April 2013]
  3. Voight et al. ‘Plasma HDL cholesterol and risk of myocardial infarction: a mendelian randomisation study’. The Lancet . August 2012; 380 (9841): 572-80

Heart Health Study Days

  1. Coronary Heart Disease Statistics 2012. British Heart Foundation (2012)

More patients know their credit rating than their cholesterol level

  1. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 6 (Dec. 2012)
  2. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 19 (Dec. 2012) Joint Health Surveys Unit (2009) Health Survey for England 2008. Physical activity and fitness. The Information Centre, Leeds
  3. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 14 (Dec. 2012)
  4. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 6b (Dec. 2012)
  5. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 2 (Dec. 2012)
  6. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 3 (Dec. 2012)
  7. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 4 (Dec. 2012)
  8. Flora ProActiv Cholesterol Study, Question 20 (Dec. 2012)

Love Your Heart

  1. Exact figure for CHD female deaths is 38,500
  2. YouGov, Heart Disease Survey (September 2012), Q. 7

Scientific eu experts back Unilever’s new claim that phytosterols can lower ldl cholesterol by 11.3%

  1. Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Dietetic Products Nutrition and Allergies

New data reveals sterols lower triglycerides in addition to ldl cholesterol levels

  1. Demonty I, Ras RT, Henk C.M. et al. The effect of plant sterols on serum triglyceride concentrations is dependent on baseline concentrations: a pools analysis of 12 randomised controlled trials Eur J Nutr. Published online 18 August 2012. Doi: 10.1007/s00394-011-0297-x
  2. Naumann,E., Plat,J., Kesler,A.D., and Mensink,R.P. (2008). The baseline serum lipoprotein profile is related to plant stanol induced changes in serum lipoprotein cholesterol and triacylglycerol concentrations. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 27, 117-126.
  3. Sarwar N, Danesh J, Eiriksdottir G et al. Triglycerides and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease : 10 158 Incident Cases Among 262 525 Participants in 29 Western Prospective Studies Circulation 2007 115:450-458

FAO recommend switch from sfa’s to pufa’s to benefit heart health

  1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition – report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper 91, November 2008