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β-glucans reduce LDL cholesterol in patients with myasthenia gravis.
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PMID:  23187951     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We aimed at evaluating whether β-glucans could improve low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and/or glycemic control in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG), in whom statins usually have muscle-related side effects. Fifty-nine MG patients participated in the study and received a daily dietary supplement of 3 g of β-glucans during 8 weeks. Body mass index (BMI) and blood sample analysis of lipid and glucose status were performed before and after 8 weeks intake of β-glucans. In the 52 patients who completed the study, there was a significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL, ApoA1 and ApoB (all P<0.003). However, glycemic control and BMI were unaltered. The present study indicates that 8 weeks daily intake of 3 g of β-glucans significantly reduces total cholesterol, LDL, ApoA1 and ApoB in MG patients. β-glucans may therefore be of value in improving lipid status in MG patients, without the muscle-related side effects accompanied by statins.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 28 November 2012; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.191.
L Haggård; M Andersson; A R Punga
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-28
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Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5640     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Institute of Neuroscience, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
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