Eating patterns and lipid levels in older adolescent girls
Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, 03/30/2012Bradlee ML et al.
Healthy childhood eating patterns characterized by higher intakes of a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, lean meat, poultry and fish are important modifiable predictors of lipid levels in late adolescence.
This study uses previously collected data from the longitudinal NHLBI Growth and Health Study in which 2379 girls were enrolled at ages 9–10 years and followed for ten years.
Food–based eating patterns were derived from multiple 3–day diet records.
After adjusting for age, race, socioeconomic status, height, physical activity, and television viewing, girls with higher intakes of dairy, fruit and non–starchy vegetables had about a 40–50% reduced risk an LDL–C ≥ 170 mg/dL and non–HDL–C ≥ 145 mg/dL.
Diets characterized by higher intakes of dairy and whole grains had similar benefits on TC and LDL–C.
Girls consuming more fruits and non–starchy vegetables as well as more whole grains were much less likely to have high–risk lipid levels.
Lean meat, poultry and fish when consumed in the context of other healthy eating patterns had no adverse effects on lipid levels in late adolescence.
In fact when consumed with higher amounts of fruit and non–starchy vegetables, lean meat, poultry and fish had beneficial effects on HDL.
Finally, dietary patterns that included more whole grains tended to be associated with lower TG levels.
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