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Cheryl Gammon

Doctor of Philosophy, (Nutritional Science)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Health


Thesis Title
Diet, kiwifruit and genotypes: their influence on lipid profiles and CVD-related metabolic markers in hypercholesterolaemic men

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In New Zealand, cardiovascular disease remains one of the leading causes of death. Kiwifruit is a commonly consumed, nutrient dense fruit that contains many components individually shown to have positive effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors. Ms Gammon investigated the effects of consuming two green kiwifruit daily in conjunction with a healthy diet on plasma lipid profiles of a group of 85 men with elevated cholesterol. She used a randomised cross-over study design. Further, she examined inter-individual variability in responses related to factors such as genotype and metabolic phenotype. Kiwifruit was shown to significantly improve plasma lipid profiles, with the benefits being more pronounced in men who had phenotypes and genotypes, which put them at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Although the improvements were modest, they could still be expected to translate into a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

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