Latest Medical research related to low-carbohydrate diets Stories

2008-07-17 18:00:12

By Mike Stobbe ATLANTA - The Atkins diet may have proved itself after all: A low- carb diet and a Mediterranean-style regimen helped people lose more weight than a traditional low-fat diet in one of the longest and largest studies to compare the dueling weight-loss techniques. A bigger surprise: The low-carb diet improved cholesterol more than the other two. Some critics had predicted the opposite. "It is a vindication," said Abby Bloch of the Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins...

2008-07-17 06:00:11

By Nanci Hellmich New research shows that dieters who followed a low-carbohydrate diet lost and kept off about 12 pounds over two years, losing more than others on a Mediterranean or restricted-fat diet. Study participants who followed a traditional Mediterranean diet, which includes a lot of vegetables and a moderate amount of olive oil and nuts, achieved and maintained a 10-pound loss in that time. Dieters who followed a restricted-fat plan with about 30% of calories coming from fat...

2008-01-22 18:30:00

Otherwise-healthy adults who eat two or more servings of meat a day -- the equivalent of two burger patties -- increase their risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 25 percent compared with those who eat meat twice a week, according to research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors including elevated waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides,...

2006-07-27 13:34:54

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday. They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association. Participants...

2006-06-23 17:00:47

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In motivated people who are overweight and have type 2 diabetes, a low-carbohydrate diet with some caloric restriction has lasting benefits on body weight and blood sugar control, Swedish researchers report. Dr. Jorgen Vesti Nielsen and Dr. Eva A. Joensson from Blekingesjukhuset, Karlshamn, previously reported that 16 obese patients with type 2 diabetes who followed a low carbohydrate diet achieved significantly better diabetes control...

2006-03-16 19:07:03

LONDON (Reuters) - Low carbohydrate, high protein diets may help to shed weight quickly but researchers warned on Friday that they can be unhealthy. The diets can cause constipation, diarrhea, headache, bad breath and ketosis, which causes raised levels of ketones, or acids, in the body. "Low-carbohydrate diets for weight management are far from healthy," said Lyn Steffen and Jennifer Nettleton, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, writing in the...

2005-11-26 03:20:00

NEW YORK -- Eating a Mediterranean-style diet for three months can reduce the risk of heart disease by 15 percent, a new study shows. The heart-healthy effects of the Mediterranean diet -- rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish and olive oil and light on red meat -- are well documented, Dr. Denis Lairon of the Faculty of Medicine Timone in Marseille, France and colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. But just one other study has looked at what happens...

2005-11-24 08:52:01

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with type 2 diabetes, 14 weeks of a high-carbohydrate diet modestly raises blood pressure compared to a diet high in monounsaturated fat, new study findings indicate. Studies evaluating the effects of high-carbohydrate and high-monounsaturated fat diets have yielded conflicting results, Dr. Abhimanyu Garg and colleagues note in their report, published in the journal Diabetes Care. They suggest that these studies may have been limited by their...

2005-09-23 10:20:00

NEW YORK -- A diet free of animal products and low in fat may help trim the waistline without the task of strict calorie watching, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of 64 postmenopausal, overweight women, those assigned to follow a low-fat vegan diet for 14 weeks lost an average of 13 pounds, compared with a weight loss of about 8 pounds among women who followed a standard low-cholesterol diet. The weight loss came despite the fact that the women were given no limits on their...

2005-09-13 10:40:00

NEW YORK -- Women who follow a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may lose more weight and body fat, particularly when they engage in regular exercise, than those whose diets are low in protein and high in carbohydrates, a team of Illinois researchers reports. "A protein-rich diet, restricting carbohydrates, is a very good way to lose weight," study author Dr. Donald K. Layman told Reuters Health. And, he added, "It definitely enhances the benefits of doing exercise." Yet, both a...

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