LOW-CARB DIET 'MAY REDUCE HEART DISEASE RISK'
Posted by Dave C.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at overweight people, aged 30 to 65 years, over a six-month period.
Participants were split into two groups, with the first following a low-carbohydrate diet and the second adopting a low-fat regime.
The researchers found that both diets were associated with a reduction in systemic inflammation, potentially reducing people's risk of heart disease.
In addition, people who followed the low-carbohydrate diet tended to lose more weight - and more abdominal fat - than those on the low-fat diet.
Colette Heimowitz, a spokeswoman for the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet, said there are misconceptions about the dietary regime, with many believing it to be non-heart-healthy.
'This is the first study of this scope that demonstrates a significant drop in the levels of all three measures of inflammation for those that lost weight and abdominal fat, with those following the Atkins diet losing more weight and belly fat,' she observed.
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions earlier this month (November 5th).