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Low-carbohydrate diets increase LDL: debunking the myth | The Blog of Michael R. Eades... - 0 views

    This week sees the publication of yet another study showing the superiority of the low-carbohydrate diet as compared to the low-fat diet. This study, published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrates that subjects following the low-carb diet experience a decrease in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL-cholesterol (HDL) levels; and that these changes are accompanied by a minor increase in LDL-cholesterol (LDL), which prompts the authors to issue a caveat.

    Yes, although just about all the parameters that lipophobes worry about improved with the low-carb diet, the small increase in LDL has caused great concern and has prompted the authors to gravely announce that this small increase is troublesome and should be monitored closely in anyone who may be at risk for heart disease. Since most people who go on low-carb diets do so to deal with obesity issues, and since obesity is a risk factor for heart disease, it would appear that this small increase in LDL often seen in those following a low-carb diet could put these dieters at risk. Does it? We'll see.
Matti Narkia

Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocalor... - 0 views

    Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocaloric low-fat diet after 12 mo.
    Brinkworth GD, Noakes M, Buckley JD, Keogh JB, Clifton PM.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19439458
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