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Implications for practice and research
■ Two sessions of dietary portfolio counselling regarding cholesterol-lowering foods can result in a 13% reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
■ Nurses can easily incorporate advice about cholesterol-lowering foods when counselling patients who require LDL cholesterol reduction.
■ Future studies can determine if advice by nurses on dietary portfolio components can help patients achieve lower LDL cholesterol.
A heart-healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although conventional dietary advice has proven inferior to statin therapy for lowering serum cholesterol, studies show when certain foods are consumed in combination (dietary portfolio), serum LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is reduced …
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