Carbs may pose heart risk for women, not men


April 13, 2010 2:24:17 PM PDT
Simple carbs may pose a health risk for women but not men.

A high carbohydrate diet raises the risk of heart disease for women, but the same effect is not true for men. That's according to the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study found women who consumed the most carbs overall had twice the incidence of heart disease as those who consumed the least. That risk was associated with higher intake of high glycemic foods, including white breads, white rice and sugary cereals.

Scientists say men probably do not have the same reaction to carbs because male hormones appear to slow the transformation of carbohydrates into blood sugar, whereas the female hormone estrogen speeds the process.