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Atkins diet hard on the heart

April 1, 2009 1:33:38 PM PDT
The high-fat, low-carb Atkins diet is tougher on the heart than other diets once the dieter has lost the initial weight. A study funded by the U.S. Institute of Health looked at cholesterol levels and other cardiac risk factors for dieters who had remained on the diet after reaching their goal weight.

Atkins dieters tended to consume more saturated fats than people on the South Beach and Ornish diets,and as a result showed decreased blood vessel dilation -- which stresses blood flow from the heart.


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