Is it worth GPs’ trying to reduce patients’ saturated fat intake?

1st September 2021 by Dr Robert Walton

Is it worth GPs’ trying to reduce patients’ saturated fat intake?

But what does it mean to you? Should you change your diet? And if you did what benefits would you gain? What harm might you come to?

What’s the evidence on saturated fat?

Perhaps the most important evidence in the review comes from 15 randomised controlled trials with 56,675 people taking part.

Participants were asked to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diets and were then followed over several years to see what illnesses they developed. When all cardiovascular events (such as heart attacks and strokes) were grouped together, there was probably a 17% reduction in events over the time course of the different studies. Overall people in the studies had a fairly high rate of cardiovascular events with 8% having a heart attack or stroke over the time for which they were followed up.

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