for people ages 21 years and up (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at Berkeley, California
study started
estimated completion
Ronald M Krauss, MD



A Mediterranean dietary pattern emphasizing an abundance of plant-based foods including nuts, moderate intakes of fish, poultry and low-fat dairy products, and use of extra virgin olive oil as the main source of fat has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and such a pattern has been advocated by the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The strongest experimental support for this recommendation derives from the success of the recent PREDIMED CVD outcomes trial, and studies indicating that a Mediterranean-style diet improves lipoprotein and oxidative markers of cardiovascular disease risk in comparison to either low-fat or Western dietary patterns. However, in none of these studies were comparisons made between the effects of Mediterranean-style diets with low-/nonfat vs. full-fat dairy foods. The overall objective of the present proposal is to determine whether the inclusion of full-fat rather than low- and nonfat dairy foods in a Mediterranean dietary pattern based on that used in the PREDIMED study results in similar improvements in biomarkers of CVD risk. Specifically, we will test the hypotheses that 1) a standard Mediterranean diet will lower LDL-C and apoB compared to a Western diet; 2) modification of the Mediterranean diet by replacing low-fat dairy products with high-fat dairy (3 servings/day; high-dairy fat Mediterranean diet) will not significantly increase LDL-C and apoB but may raise large buoyant LDL particles compared with a standard Mediterranean diet; and 3) the high dairy fat and standard Mediterranean diets will result in comparable reductions in levels of inflammatory markers and oxidized LDL, and improvements in endothelial function compared to a Western diet.

Official Title

Effects of a Modified High-fat Mediterranean Dietary Pattern on Lipoprotein and Inflammatory Markers of CVD Risk in Adults


Cardiovascular Disease Dyslipidemia Inflammation Diet Mediterranean Cholesterol Cardiovascular Diseases Dyslipidemias Dietary Intervention Western Diet Mediterranean Diet Modified Mediterranean Diet


You can join if…

Open to people ages 21 years and up

  • BMI 25-35 kg/m2
  • Weight stable for > 3 months
  • Agrees to abstain from alcohol or dietary supplements during the study

You CAN'T join if...

  • History of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, bleeding disorder, liver or renal disease, diabetes, lung disease, HIV, or cancer (other than skin cancer) in the last 5 years.
  • Current use of hormones or drugs knowns to affect lipid metabolism
  • Use of nicotine products or recreational drugs
  • Abnormal TSH
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Total- and LDL- cholesterol > 95th percentile for sex and age
  • Fasting triglyceride > 500 mg/dl
  • Fasting blood sugar > 126 mg/dl
  • Blood pressure >160/95 mm Hg
  • Allergy to or unwillingness to consume study foods


  • Cholesterol Research Center
    Berkeley California 94705 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Ronald M Krauss, MD
    Dr. Krauss' research program focuses on plasma lipoprotein metabolism and related traits that influence risk for coronary artery disease. His laboratory developed and applied methodology that led to the discovery of a common genetically-influenced atherogenic lipoprotein phenotype that underlies cardiovascular disease risk in patients with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
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