Dr. Ralph Hamill To Give 2 Talks on New Ways to Control Cholesterol

By Pen Bay Healthcare | Sep 27, 2012
Dr. Ralph Hamill, cardilogist, Pen Bay Medical Center

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 2 talks about this diet at:

Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
Stone Coast Cross Fit Gym, 16 Rockport Park Center Rd., Rockport
370-0544

and

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Good Tern Co-op, 750 Main St., Rockland

Both events are open to the public and no reservations are required.

Dr. Hamill is looking for ten 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 Massachusetts showed the lifetime risk of coronary heart disease is greater than 40% 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% 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 U.S.

1Lloyd-Jones, DM, et al (2003). Lifetime risk of coronary heart disease by cholesterol levels at selected ages. Archives of Internal Medicine. 163(16):1966-72.

For information about clinical studies or medication trials, contact the Pen Bay Clinical Research department at 596-8959.

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