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MONTREAL, Dec 17, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Canadian researchers say they have identified a new way to reduce fat and cholesterol levels in the body.
The McGill group's program, which combines consuming plant-derived sterols (or oils) with exercise, may benefit those who are at risk of coronary heart disease.
The findings were recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"Both consuming plant sterols and exercising have been shown to affect blood cholesterol levels on their own," said Peter Jones, senior author and McGill professor of dietetics and nutrition. "Our research is the first to look at the complementary combined effects of these therapies."
Seventy-four non-active individuals between the ages of 40 and 70 were recruited for the study.
"These findings suggest that combination therapy may improve the cholesterol and lipid levels in previously sedentary adults who have high cholesterol," said lead author Krista Varlady. "Furthermore this therapy may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease for these individuals."
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