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      Dietary Fat and Coronary Heart Disease: There Is Much More to Learn

      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Coronary disease, Saturated fat, Cholesterol, Fatty acids, Thrombosis

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          The evidence for recommending a reduction of one third or more of dietary fat as a very likely means of reducing coronary heart disease in affluent nations is far from complete. That it will do no harm is an unacceptable scientific argument, and it is still up to the proponents of this policy to prove its long-term safety. I am persuaded, because the facts are very much stronger, that such a diet should be recommended for those who have atherogenic lipoproteins in the top quintile of their distribution. But even in such people, too much should not be expected or promised. What we really need to know is how dietary saturated fat leads to the development of coronary heart disease as well as coronary atherosclerosis; why it may do so in some and not in others; and much more about the effects of specific dietary fatty acids on the mechanisms involved.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1987
          1987
          11 November 2008
          : 74
          : 1
          : 22-27
          Affiliations
          Cardiovascular Research Unit, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
          Article
          174170 Cardiology 1987;74:22–27
          10.1159/000174170
          3545473
          © 1987 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Categories
          Controversies in Cardiology

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