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Effects of a dietary portfolio on cholesterol-lowering foods vs. lovastatin on serum lipids and C-reactive protein

Study shows that a vegetarian diet is as effective as lovastatin in combating cholesterol

Method
A 4 week randomised controlled group study, examined the reduction in cholesterol levels between 2 groups (one group used lovastatin for cholesterol reduction, while the other group shifted to a low fat vegetarian diet).
Results
The calculated coronary heart disease risk (CHD - calculated based on levels of cholesterol in the blood) fell by 25.8% for the lovastatin group and by 24.9% for the vegetarian group. The study concludes that dietary changes are as effective as medication when it comes to cholesterol reduction.