Managing diet is the key to treating all common lipid disorders. Previous
observations suggest that intensive dietary intervention can decrease serum
cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels by approximately
30%.1 The findings of Jenkins and colleagues2 reported in this issue of THE JOURNAL indicate that
intensive dietary therapy may be just as effective in reducing cholesterol
levels as the starting dosage of a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase
inhibitor (statin) drug.
Anderson JW. Diet First, Then Medication for Hypercholesterolemia. JAMA. 2003;290(4):531-533. doi:10.1001/jama.290.4.531