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J Spinal Cord Med. 2001 Spring;24(1):26-9.

The effect of dietary intervention on lipid profiles in individuals with spinal cord injury.

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Department of Medicine, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, California 90242, USA.



The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a simple dietary intervention for individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) and moderately elevated total cholesterol.


Baseline and follow-up serum lipid values were obtained on 222 persons with SCI. Eighty-six individuals with total cholesterol >200 mg/dL were referred for dietary consultation (group 1). The remainder with values <200 mg/dL and no consultation served as controls (group 2).


At average follow-up of 16 months, group 1 demonstrated significant declines in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), whereas group 2 demonstrated significant increases in total cholesterol. Triglyceride levels followed similar but nonsignificant patterns. There were no significant changes in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol for either group. In group 1, 17% had clinically significant reductions in total cholesterol to <200 mg/dL and 21% had reductions of LDL-C from >135 mg/dL to <135 mg/dL.


Dietary intervention should be an initial treatment for those with SCI and moderately elevated total cholesterol, with the expectation that approximately 20% will respond favorably.

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