Cutting back on fat is not enough to lower cholesterol. It takes exercise, too, according to a research report in the July 2 issue of the "New England Journal of Medicine."
Marcia Stefanick, a Los Altos resident and the article's lead author, said adding exercise to the regime is essential to cholesterol management.
Stefanick, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School, conducted the study with her colleagues at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention.
The researchers assessed the effects of aerobic exercise and a low-fat diet on people who were at risk of coronary artery disease.
The diet used in the study was the one recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program, Safford said.