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Low-carb diets do not increase risk of coronary heart disease in women
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 3:03 am Email this article
"[D]iets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease in women," a new study Harvard concludes. Low-Carb Diets
Women eating a low-carb diet no more likely to get heart disease
The one-tenth of women consuming the most animal protein, animal fat, but the least amount of carbohydrates were 6 percent less likely to get coronary heart disease over a 20-year period of time than the one-tenth of women consuming the most carbohydrates, however, the difference was not statistically significant.
Vegetables protect against protein
However, vegetables were protective against coronary heart disease.
The one-tenth of women consuming the most carbohydrates, fat and protein from vegetables were 30 percent less likely to get coronary heart disease over the 20-years compared to the one-tenth of women consuming the least vegetables.
Subjects : 82,802 Nurses
The study evaluated data from 82,802 women in the Nurses’ Health Study.
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.
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Departments of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston, MA 02115, USA
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