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Atkins diet may affect the heart?

To lose weight, almost all women dieting furiously. Some use one particular diet method, some combine several diet methods at once. Unfortunately these diets do not always benefit. One of them is what you know as the Atkins diet.

This diet was introduced in the 1970s by a cardiologist, Dr. Robert C. Atkins. Atkins diet theory recommends that people who want to lose weight should increase the consumption of foods containing protein and not eating carbohydrates at all.

Whereas a recent study found that women who regularly diet Atkins could be at risk of heart problems and stroke by 28 percent.

"High-protein and low-carbohydrate diets are often used for weight control," said lead researcher Dr. Papona Lagiou, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Athens Medical School in Greece.

Although this diet is acceptable if the protein comes from vegetables such as nuts and carbohydrate reduction only applies to foods such as artificial sweeteners, unhealthy drinks and snacks, the general public does not always recognize and act accordingly.

For the study published in BMJ, the Lagiou team collected dietary data of more than 43,000 Swedish women aged between 30-49 years at the start of the study.

After 15 years, there were more than 1,200 participants with cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. In addition, cardiovascular disease is more common in women who follow the Atkins diet than participants who do not apply it.

Moreover, participants who underwent Atkins diet risk of cardiovascular disease rose up to 28 percent, even after other risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, hypertension, exercise and fat intake were taken into account.

"Weight reduction should depend on increased physical activity and reduced caloric intake," Lagiou said as quoted by HealthDay, Thursday (06/28/2012).

Another expert, Samantha Heller of the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, Derby, Conn. Said, "The results of this study are not surprising."

High-protein diets always favor the consumption of cheese, red meat and processed meats and include carbohydrate sources such as whole grains, vegetables, beans and fruit, Heller said.

"What this study does not find is a high protein diet of this kind can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, coronary heart disease, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer as well as chronic obstructive lung disease," Heller added . "This diet also raises bad cholesterol levels in the body."

"Meanwhile, reduce your intake of meat and other animal protein sources, start experimenting with beans, edamame, tofu and peanut butter (like peanuts, almonds and cashew), low-fat or non-fat yogurt and milk," Heller advises .

For its carbohydrates, choose whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa and dozens of vegetables, nuts and fruits.

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