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Spreading daily intake of fat may reduce cardiovascular disease

Media release

C142/08

New research being undertaken at Curtin University will investigate the significance of the amount of fat consumed in one sitting on the risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

Findings from this study will help determine if there are benefits to be gained from reducing the amount of fat that is consumed in one sitting by spreading daily fat intake throughout the day.

Lead researcher on the project, Dr Tony James from Curtin’s School of Public Health explained the study and its potential impact.

“Evidence shows that the way that fat is transported and the length of time it spends being transported by the body’s circulation after a meal is consumed can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease,” Dr James said.

“Most of the studies that have investigated cardiovascular disease risk factors have given volunteers a relatively large dose of fat and then monitored its transport in circulation. Our study investigates the possibility that following consumption of smaller doses of fat a number of these risk factors may be reduced.”

The study is seeking lean and healthy men aged between 18 and 60 who have no major medical problems and are non-smokers. Volunteers need to be able to commit to attending a number of testing days to investigate how they metabolise different amounts of fat.

The study commences in June 2008. This project requires volunteers to visit Curtin five times over a period of three to four months.

As part of participating in this study volunteers will be given a range of results which may be of interest in determining their current risk of cardiovascular disease. These results include cholesterol and other lipid levels, and body fat percentage.

Volunteers will also be given a gift voucher to compensate for travel costs.

Men interested in participating in this study can contact Dr Tony James from the School of Public Health on 08 9266 2962 or email T.P.James@curtin.edu.au.