Low Carb Diet May Reduce CVD Risk Better Than Low Fat Diet

A low fat diet may not be the best advice to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies suggest that reducing your carbohydrate intake is a more effective way to reduce the risk of atherogenic dyslipidemia, which is the common combination of elevated triglycerides (TG, 204 mg/dL or 2.3 mmol/L or higher) and low levels of high-density lipoportein cholesterol (HDL-C, 34 mg/dL or 0.88 mmol/L or lower).

Low carb diets appear to have beneficial lipoprotein effects in people with Atherogenic Dyslipidemia. Dr. Ronald M. Krauss, MD, Senior Scientist and Director of Atherosclerosis Research found individuals who went on a low fat high carb diet were at greater risk of Cardiovascular Disease then individuals on a low carb high fat diet.

Dr. Krauss realised that increased carbohydrate intake can trigger the condition of atherogenic dyslipidemia and he also asserted that LDL cholesterol is a poor indicator for this condition. Fat content in the diet was also shown to not significantly affect LDL size or triglyceride levels. He finally recommends that you can go high on fats, low on carbs and you don’t need to worry about saturated fat.

Dr. Krauss advises individuals who are overweight and cannot acheive a significant weight loss, to reduce their carbohydrate intake which can have a significant impact on weight loss and improve the condition of atherogenic dyslipidemia.

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