High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol and Diet in a Healthy Elderly Population

Philip L. Hooper, Philip J. Garry, James S. Goodwin, Elizabeth M. Hooper, Andrea G. Leonard

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This study examined how high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) correlated with a 3-day food record of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and alcohol consumption in a group of 270 healthy subjects over age 60. HDL-C concentrations correlated with alcohol consumption (expressed as grams/day) (r = +.25, P <.001), and inversely with total carbohydrate (r =-.18, P <.01) and refined carbohydrate (r = -.17, P <.01) ingestion (expressed as a percent of total caloric intake). Subjects consuming diets low in either total carbohydrate or refined carbohydrate had 10 to 20% higher HDL-C levels than did those consuming diets high in these food substances. The relationships between HDL-C levels and alcohol and carbohydrate ingestion were independent of other variables which correlated with HDL-C levels. Dietary fat (total fat, saturated fat, unsaturated fat, and cholesterol) did not correlate with HDL-C. LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels did not correlate with any dietary variable measured.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-343
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American College of Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


  • Diet
  • Elderly
  • HDL-C and diet
  • HDL-cholesterol
  • HDL-cholesterol and diet
  • Healthy elderly
  • High-density lipoprotein-cholesterol
  • Lipoprotein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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