Recruiting for a Nutrition Study | BBC: Trust Me I’m A Doctor – Cholesterol Lowering Foods


BBC: Trust Me I’m A Doctor – Cholesterol Lowering Foods

We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a study investigating cholesterol lowering foods, part of which will be filmed as part of the BBC television programme Trust Me I’m A Doctor.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate to the TV audience of the BBC’s “Trust Me I’m a Doctor”, that small dietary changes can have significant impact on your blood cholesterol concentrations. Therefore, we are recruiting individuals to be randomly allocated to one of three treatment groups:

  1. low cholesterol diet
  2. three servings of oats per day
  3. 60 grams of unsalted almonds per day

If you are eligible to take part in the study you will be asked to consume your allocated treatment for 28 days (4 weeks) and visit the Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) at the start and finish of your treatment. The MRU is located on the Waterloo Campus of King’s College London in the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division on the 4th floor of the Franklin-Wilkins Building. As part of this study you will likely be filmed/recorded and possibly interviewed during your visits to the MRU. Some parts of your participation may be aired as part of the programme later this year. You can still participate in the study even if you do not wish to be filmed.

What do I have to do if I participate?

You will be asked to attend 3 visits to the MRU:

  1. a screening visit to determine your blood cholesterol levels and overall health
  2. If eligible, 2 additional visits (1 at the start and 1 at the end of the study) to have fasted blood samples taken.

While you are on your treatment you will be asked to follow the instructions provided by the investigators (e.g. diet advice or treatment consumption). At any of these visits, you may also be asked to interact with the BBC presenter, producers or technical staff on-site during filming. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will be entered into a draw for 1 of 3 £100 retail gift vouchers.

For more information or to express interest in participating, please email

Notice regarding access to personal information: All email addresses and personal information sent to will only being used for purpose of recruitment for the study described above. No information will be shared with BBC or any other 3rd parties or used for anything other than the stated purposes.

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