The Influence of Dietary Plant Sterols and Plant Stanols on Cholesterol and Plant Sterol Levels in Atheromatous Plaques

2014-08-27 03:28:14 | BioPortfolio


This study aims to explore whether the increased supply of dietary plant sterols and plant stanols have any influence on serum levels of phytosterols and on consistency of carotid atheromatous plaques.


This is a double-blind randomized study. The study population will consist of 30 consecutive patients who will undergo an elective carotid endarterectomy due to a tight asymptomatic stenosis. The patients will be randomized into two groups consuming either plant sterol (2g/day) or plant stanol (2g/day) spreads for two to six weeks, until the operation. Serum lipids, lipoproteins and sterols will be analyzed at the randomization, before the operation and one month after the operation. The carotid arteries will be examined for their composition of sterols.

This study gives new information concerning the relationship between dietary consumption of plant sterols and stanols and the sterol composition of the carotid plaques.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment




Plant Stanol, Plant Sterol


Department of Surgery, Div. of Vascular Surgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital




Helsinki University

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:28:14-0400

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