Plant sterols and stanols in dyslipidaemia

In this section, you will get an insight of:

  • What are plant sterols and stanols and how do they lower LDL-cholesterol;
  • What are the cardiovascular benefits of including plant sterols and stanols as part of diet and lifestyle interventions in the management of dyslipidemia;
  • What are the benefits of plant sterols and stanols in LDL-cholesterol management for patients already on drug therapy;

Based on the current ESC/EAS guidelines, a daily consumption of 2 g of plant sterols and stanols is recommended to achieve a significant inhibition of intestinal cholesterol absorption, subsequently leading to lowering LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood by 7-10%.1