Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know Current Guidelines for Lipid Management?

Yasmine S. Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI; Mary Ellen T. Sweeney, MD


March 25, 2016

Patients with an elevated LDL-C level should follow a diet that is low in saturated fats, trans fats, and added sugars, and that is high in soluble fiber. Reduced calorie intake is indicated for weight loss. In addition to diet, the following is recommended:

  • Aerobic exercise

  • Smoking cessation

  • Evaluation of alcohol consumption

  • Nutritional supplement containing sitostanol ester

Vitamin E supplements are not recommended. No evidence has supported use, and some studies have indicated a blunting of the benefit from antidyslipidemic medications.

For more on the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C levels, read here.


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