2007-11-06 Atkins Diet Can Raise Heart Risks


The high-fat, high-protein and low-carbohydrate Atkins diet may put practitioners at risk for heart disease in as little as one month, a new study suggests.

When individuals followed the maintenance phase of the diet -- without weight loss -- they experienced increased "bad" cholesterol and other markers for heart disease, experts report.

"I think the Atkins diet is potentially detrimental for cardiovascular health, if maintained for a long duration and without attempts to lose weight," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Miller, lead author of the study, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. "A stabilizing Atkins diet is not the way to go," he said.(Read entire article)

2007-11-08 Study: Atkins Diet May Raise Risk of Heart Disease


You might lose weight with the high-fat Atkins Diet of eggs, meat and cheese - but it could put you at risk of heart disease by raising your cholesterol and damaging your blood vessels, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Maryland put 26 people on three diets - the high-fat Atkins and the low-fat South Beach and Ornish diets, according to an article in the New York Post.

Eighteen people finished the study, which required each of them to follow one of the diets for a month. All along, doctors checked their cholesterol and the condition of their arteries. (Read entire article)