Low Carb, Higher Risk?

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18th Mar 2019 14:20 (UTC)

A newly released study presented at the American College of Cardiology, could be a good reason to ignore these potentially dangerous dieting methods all together. Those of us on low carbohydrate portions which can come from such foods such as grains, fruits and starchy vegetables are significantly more likely to develop atrial fibrillation or AFib.

Low Carbohydrate diets, the idea of restricting oneself from carbohydrates to lower calorie intake has been around for quite some time. It's a type of diet that has taken on many different styles with advocates telling people which type of carbohydrate is okay to eat this time and which aren't.

Sometimes the restriction is on all of them, sometimes it's just those Carbs with high starch, sometimes it's simply the whim of the diet creator so that it can be branded differently for the new market. The general principle is the same though, keep your Fats, Dairy and Proteins high while reducing your Sugars or Carbohydrates enough to reach the weight loss plateau.

This can be most or even all the carbohydrates for someone in an already high calorie diet and for extremely high calorie diets it may not result in any weight loss at all!

Xiaodong Zhuang, MD, PhD, a cardiologist at the hospital affiliated with Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and the study's lead author says "Considering the potential influence on arrhythmia, our study suggests this popular weight control method should be recommended cautiously."

Though the causes aren't definitive to why there is this trend, there is at least evidence to suggest that a complete reduction is not beneficial.

"Low carbohydrate diets were associated with increased risk of incident AFib regardless of the type of protein or fat used to replace the carbohydrate" Zhuang said.

Source: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2019/03/06/10/29/low-carb-diet-tied-to-common-heart-rhythm-disorder

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