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Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet Poses Cardiovascular Risk For Women

June 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study of 44,000 Swedish women aged 30 to 49 who followed a high-protein, low-carb diet over 15 years found a slightly higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. Figures adjusted for various control factors showed an additional four to five cases of cardiovascular diseases per 10,000 women a  year compared with those who did not regularly eat a low carbohydrate, high protein diet. The researchers acknowledged that the differences were small, but nevertheless represented a 28 percent increase in the number of cases. They said the results are disturbing in young women who may be exposed to these dietary patterns and face the excess risk for many years.
Pagona Lagiou et al., "Low carbohydrate-high protein diet and incidence of cardiovascular diseases in Swedish women: prospective cohort study", British Medical Journal, June 27, 2012, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
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