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Low carbohydrate diets improve atherogenic dyslipidemia even in the absence of weight loss

Richard D Feinman1* and Jeff S Volek2

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1 Department of Biochemistry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA

2 Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-1110, USA

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Nutrition & Metabolism 2006, 3:24  doi:10.1186/1743-7075-3-24

Published: 21 June 2006

Abstract

Because of its effect on insulin, carbohydrate restriction is one of the obvious dietary choices for weight reduction and diabetes. Such interventions generally lead to higher levels of dietary fat than official recommendations and have long been criticized because of potential effects on cardiovascular risk although many literature reports have shown that they are actually protective even in the absence of weight loss. A recent report of Krauss et al. (AJCN, 2006) separates the effects of weight loss and carbohydrate restriction. They clearly confirm that carbohydrate restriction leads to an improvement in atherogenic lipid states in the absence of weight loss or in the presence of higher saturated fat. In distinction, low fat diets seem to require weight loss for effective improvement in atherogenic dyslipidemia.