The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Concerning Dietary Cholesterol

Am J Cardiol. 2015 Nov 1;116(9):1479-80. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2015.07.077. Epub 2015 Aug 14.


The most recent 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report indicated that "cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption." However, this statement may be too general as it does not acknowledge conflicting findings in literature regarding cardiovascular risk in certain populations. Current research suggests that dietary cholesterol may increase an subject's risk of developing diabetes, increases a diabetic patient's risk of cardiovascular disease, and may worsen coronary risk factors in subjects who are "hyper-responders" to dietary cholesterol. In conclusion, we suggest that a more cautious approach to dietary cholesterol intake is warranted, especially in high-risk populations.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Cholesterol, Dietary* / adverse effects
  • Coronary Disease / etiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States


  • Cholesterol, Dietary