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Losing Weight On Low-Carb Or Low-Fat Diet Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke

November 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Overweight or obese people who lose weight sticking to either a low-fat or low-carb diet significantly reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a U.S. study. Fat cells secrete molecules into the bloodstream that increase inflammation throughout the body. Being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk of inflammation and, in turn, blood clots. For the study, 60 overweight or obese people were randomly assigned to go on a low-fat or a low-carb diet for six months. The researchers found that in both groups there was a significant drop in the levels of all three measures of inflammation. Those on the low-carb diet lost more weight, on average, than those on the low-fat diet and also had a greater drop in BMI and belly fat.
Kerry Stewart et al., "Losing Weight from Either a Low-Carb or Low-Fat Diet Lowers Body Inflammation", News release, presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, November 05, 2012, © Stewart et al.
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