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Old 03-17-2006, 01:57 PM
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Low carbohydrate, high protein diets may help to shed weight quickly but researchers warned on Friday that they can be unhealthy.

The diets can cause constipation, diarrhea, headache, bad breath and ketosis, which causes raised levels of ketones, or acids, in the body.

"Low-carbohydrate diets for weight management are far from healthy," said Lyn Steffen and Jennifer Nettleton, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis, writing in the British Medical Journal.

They cited the unpleasant effects and a lack of trials to test the long-term effects of low-carbohydrate diets.

In a case report in the journal, doctors at New York University School of Medicine said they had treated a 40-year-old obese woman, who had followed the Atkins diet, for a life-threatening illness known as ketoacidosis.

The diet, based on research by Dr Robert Atkins who died in 2003, involves eating proteins such as meat and cheese and limiting carbohydrates such as bread and pasta.

"Our patient had an underlying ketosis caused by the Atkins diet and developed severe ketoacidosis," said Tsuh-Yin Chen, adding that mild pancreatitis or stomach infection may have contributed to the problem.

Ketoacidosis is caused by dangerously high levels of ketones in the blood. It can lead to coma and death if untreated.

Steffen and Nettleton said special care should be taken with diet plans because patients wanting to shed weight may have a wide range of risk factors for diseases.

"As researchers and clinicians, our most important criterion should be indisputable safety, and low-carbohydrate diets currently fall short of this benchmark," they added.

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I dont know what you guys think, but it appears to me that if we wait a week someone will have a study that shows opposite findings. I am wondering if the stream of government funds for these types of studies have lead to the situation we have now where there is a new study every week that may or may not conclude the the benefits or lack there of of one type of suppliment or any health claim, the only thing we know for sure is it will take more studies??


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Old 03-17-2006, 04:37 PM
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You don't want to do low carb or keto for more then 6 months at the max or you will have issues.
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:03 PM
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Personally, I dont see how anyone could run an atkins type diet for more then six months. If I go for more then a week without some sort of low gi carb I think i would go insane.

I would think that using a TDK or CKD wouldnt fall within the realm of this study. yes they are low carb, but your body doesnt go without significant carbs for more then six days in a row.

I'm gonna find some researchers to author a study saying that corned beef is a great way to lose wieght .... you can all thank me when that one comes out
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