Sunday 22 April 2018

'Stroke risk' from Atkins-style diets

Jennifer Aniston on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on February 24, 2012
Jennifer Aniston on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on February 24, 2012

Ella Pickover in London

Women on Atkins-style diets are putting themselves at risk of heart disease and strokes, experts have warned.

The diet was favoured by stars like Jennifer Aniston. But a new study has found that those who regularly eat a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who do not participate in such diets, research published on bmj.com suggests.

More than 43,000 Swedish women were assessed over 15 years. Of those, 1,270 had suffered a "cardiovascular event".

From a diet survey, the researchers found if women decreased their carb intake by 20g a day and increased their protein intake by 5g, they had a 5pc increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 20g of carbohydrates is equal to a small bread roll and 5g of protein is equal to one boiled egg.

"Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets, used on a regular basis and without consideration of the nature of carbohydrates or the source of proteins, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease," the authors conclude.

Irish Independent

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