Figure 14 displays a forest plot of healthful diet trials reporting between-group differences in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol after low-fat and general heart-healthy dietary counseling. Data for the figure are presented alongside the forest plot. In the moderate-intensity (31 to 360 minutes) subgroup (3 trials) the combined unstandardized weighted mean difference was −0.08 (95% CI, −0.23 to 0.07). In the high-intensity (more than 360 minutes) subgroup (2 trials) the combined unstandardized weighted mean difference was −0.19 (95% CI, −0.31 to −0.08).The overall unstandardized weighted mean difference for all 5 healthful diet trials was −0.14 (95% CI, −0.25 to −0.04), indicating that there was a statistically significant reduction in LDL cholesterol. However, there was some statistical heterogeneity across the subgroups (chi-square=33.8%; p=0.196).

Figure 14Meta-Analysis of Healthful Diet Trials, General Counseling (KQ2): Low-Density Lipoproteins

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