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High-glycemic diet increase risk of coronary heart disease by 90% in women
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:03 am Email this article
A diet with a high glycemic load increases the risk of coronrary heart disease in women according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health. The one-tenth of women consuming the highest glycemic load were 90 percent more likely to get coronary heart disease over during the 20-year follow-up than the one-tenth of women consuming the lowest glycemic load. High Glycemic Load Diet and Heart Disease
Higher glycemic load increases risk of heart disease
“A higher glycemic load was strongly associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease,” the researchers noted.
Defintion: Glycemic load
Glycemic load is amount that a serving of a food increases blood sugar relative to one serving of other foods.
Glycemic Load and Body Weight
Glycemic load is not associated with body weight or body fat
Interestingly, higher glycemic diets are not associated with higher body weight or more body fat according to at least one study.
Glycemic Index Tables
Glycemic index tables found here
Tables showing the glycemic index of a variety of foods can be found here.
Halton TL, Willett W, Liu S, Manson JE, Albert CM, Rexrode K, Hu F. Low-carbohydrate-diet score and the risk of coronary heart disease in women. N Engl J Med. 2006 Nov 9, 355(19):1991-2002.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Departments of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA 02115, USA
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