The Effect of a Low-fat, Plant-based Lifestyle Intervention (CHIP) on Serum HDL Levels and the Implications for Metabolic Syndrome Status

A Cohort Study

Lillian Kent; Darren Morton; Paul Rankin; Ewan Ward; Ross Grant; John Gobble; Hans Diehl


Nutr Metab. 2013;10(58) 

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The findings of this study question the value of using HDL levels as a predictor of cardiovascular risk, especially in populations who do not consume a typical Western diet. The appropriateness of applying standard HDL criteria to populations that consume a plant-based diet may be particularly problematic. Finally, characterising individuals with MetS may not be appropriate in clinical practice or research when applying lifestyle interventions that promote a plant-based eating pattern.