High protein diets could increase chances of heart attacks in women

Research has found that high protein, no-carb diets can increase risks of heart attacks and strokes in women

Research has found that eating large amounts of protein and little carbohydrates can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes in women by more than a quarter.

The study, by researchers from Greece and Sweden, looked at 43,400 women aged 30 to 49 over a 15-year period.
Women who were on the Atkins diet, eating little carbs but a lot of protein, were found to be 28 per cent more at risk from heart attacks and strokes than women who followed balanced diets.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, casts doubts on the long term safety of the diet, which is popular with Hollywood actresses such as Renée Zellweger.

Lead author Professor Pagona Lagiou from the University of Athens Medical School, warns against following these diets for a prolonged period.

‘I would avoid going to extremes’, she says.

‘This study is bad news for people who follow these types of diet for long periods of time. They should be very careful about dietary regimes, the long term safety of which have not been studied adequately.”

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