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Ahrens : the diet-heart hypothesis “is still a hypothesis . . . I sincerely believe we should not . . . make broadscale recommendations on diets and drugs to the general public now.”

January 1, 1971

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Heart Disease
Diet-Heart Hypothesis

In the United States, Pete Ahrens, who was still the prudent diet’s most prominent critic, continued to publish his central point of caution: the diet-heart hypothesis “is still a hypothesis . . . I sincerely believe we should not . . . make broadscale recommendations on diets and drugs to the general public now.”

By “drugs” Ahrens meant the first generation of cholesterol-lowering drugs, clofibrate and niacin, which in three large trials failed to show that lowering cholesterol made any difference in reducing heart attacks among middle-aged men after five years (“Trial of Clofibrate in the Treatment of Ischaemic Heart Disease” 1971).