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Friday, February 23, 2007

A Good Low Carb Diet May Be Heart Healthy

Here's a little (low carb!) food for thought when considering
whether a low carb diet may be right for you!
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Study: Low-Carb Diet May Not Up Heart Risk



MIAMI -- There's no question low-carb diets can knock
off the pounds, but there have been many questions and
claims about the eating plan's long-term effects on heart
health.

Now, new research is weighing in on that debate.

"It's the diet that defies conventional weight loss logic,"
Dr. Yvonne Braver, Women's Health Specialist from the
Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine said. "Low-carb plans
often give the green light to generous portions of high-fat
foods."

Advocates and some short-term studies suggest the diet
may even help ward off heart disease, but the first long-term
study finds the answer may be somewhere in the middle.

"The high-protein, high-fat diets are helpful for a lot of
people," Braver said. "They do help a lot of people lose weight."

Harvard researchers said they analyzed 20 years of eating
habits of more than 80,000 women and found no increase or
decrease in the risk of heart disease among the low-carb eaters.

Researchers said they did find one exception -- women who
chose fat and protein from vegetable sources had a 30 percent
lower risk of heart disease.

They noted that the findings point to the importance of choosing
healthy fats and complex carbohydrates when dieting.

Braver said she stresses to her patients that even with trendy
diets, balance is still key.

"For people to find the best diet, they need to get on a sensible
plan," Braver said. "Basically, eating normal food normally,
incorporating lots of healthy fruits veggies and limiting portion
sizes along with incorporating exercise into routine helps."

Researchers said the study is certainly not the final word on
low-carb diets, but does add weight to the evidence that picking
the right foods, even fats, can make a difference.

Short-term studies have suggested that low-carb diets may
improve cholesterol and other risk factors for heart disease.

The study appeared in the Nov. 9, 2006, issue of The New
England Journal of Medicine.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

Diet should be properly maintained. Heart diseases is unpredictable.
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3:52 AM  
Blogger Dwight said...

One of the benefits of a low carb diet is that it decreases the amount of circulating insulin within the plasma. Lesser insulin levels create an atmosphere in which fat is more readily liberated from their storage sites.

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9:34 AM  

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