Low-carb diet may cut heart risks in severely obese

Filed under: Health — Tags: — @ October 12, 2004

Preliminary research led by Dr. Prakash Seshadri of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center suggests that a low-carb diet can help severely obese people improve their cholesterol levels, and may curb markers of inflammation better than a reduced-fat diet.

bq. In obesity, the body tends to be in a state of chronic inflammation, and this inflammation is believed to conspire with others factors–including high cholesterol–to promote the hardened, narrowed arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Low-carb diets have been shown to cut excess pounds, but whether they reduce inflammation in the body has been unknown.


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