Effects of dietary fat quality and quantity on postprandial activation of blood coagulation factor VII

Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 1997 Nov;17(11):2904-9. doi: 10.1161/01.atv.17.11.2904.


Acute elevation of the coagulant activity of blood coagulation factor VII (FVIIc) is observed after consumption of high-fat meals. This elevation is caused by an increase in the concentration of activated FVII (FVIIa). In a randomized crossover study, we investigated whether saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats differed regarding postprandial activation of FVII. Eighteen healthy young men participated in the study. On 6 separate days each participant consumed two meals (times, 0 and 1 3/4 hours) enriched with 70 g (15 and 55 g) of either rapeseed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, or butter (42% of energy from fat) or isoenergetic low-fat meals (6% of energy from fat). Fasting and series of nonfasting blood samples (the last at time 8 1/2 hours) were collected. Plasma triglycerides, FVIIc, FVIIa, and free fatty acids were analyzed. There were marked effects of the fat quantity on postprandial responses of plasma triglycerides, FVII, and free fatty acids. The high-fat meals caused, in contrast to the low-fat meals, considerable increases in plasma triglycerides. Plasma levels of FVIIc and FVIIa peaks were 7% and 60% higher after consumption of high-fat meals than after consumption of low-fat meals. The five different fat qualities caused similar postprandial increases in plasma triglycerides, FVIIc, and FVIIa. These findings indicate that high-fat meals may be prothrombotic, irrespective of their fatty acid composition. The postprandial FVII activation was not associated with the plasma triglyceride or free fatty acid responses.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Butter
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Fats / pharmacology*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Eating
  • Energy Intake
  • Factor VII / metabolism*
  • Factor VIIa / biosynthesis*
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated / pharmacology
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / pharmacology
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Thrombosis / etiology
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • Fatty Acids, Unsaturated
  • Olive Oil
  • Plant Oils
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Triglycerides
  • Palm Oil
  • Butter
  • Factor VII
  • Factor VIIa