Cardiologist to address new ways to control cholesterol
Rockport — Dr. Ralph Hamill, cardiologist at Pen Bay Medical Center, has developed a new diet to control cholesterol that includes eating tree nuts, dark chocolate, tomatoes, yogurt and extra virgin olive oil. He will be giving a talk about this diet at The Good Tern Co-op at 750 Main St. in Rockland on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and no reservations are required.
Hamill is looking for 10 volunteers to participate in a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of this new diet. Volunteers need to be willing to follow the dietary suggestions for four weeks. They will need to purchase the bundles of prescribed foods, however, laboratory testing will be provided free of charge.
In the last few years, eating a number of functional foods such as tree nuts or tomatoes have been identified to reduce fat absorption, lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation and blood pressure, in combination with traditional recommendations that include an increase in high fiber, low carbohydrate and decreased processed meats and saturated fat.
A study that began in 1948 of residents from Framingham, Mass. showed the lifetime risk of coronary heart disease is greater than 40 percent in a 40-year-old man with a total cholesterol of 200-2391. The average total cholesterol in the U.S. population is 208. Studies have shown that a drop of 1 point in the cholesterol level translates to a 1 percent drop in death from cardiovascular disease. An effective, user-friendly diet could have a major impact on the incidence of the most common cause of death and disability in the United States.
For information about clinical studies or medication trials, contact the Pen Bay Clinical Research department at 596-8959.