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    High-glycemic diet increase risk of coronary heart disease by 90% in women


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    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.

     

    Definition

    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.

    REFERENCE

    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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