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High protein diets 'bad for women': study

The Local · 27 Jun 2012, 08:55

Published: 27 Jun 2012 08:55 GMT+02:00

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The study, which was carried out by Swedish and US researchers, monitored 43,000 women in the Uppsala region between 1991 and 1992, a time before low carb diets became popular in Sweden.

The report, which is one of the biggest studies into the long term effects of carbohydrates, revealed that a diet with extra proteins, especially protein from meat, can prove dangerous for some women.

“Those who want to lose weight should not unquestioningly give themselves to the popular weight loss programmes like the Atkins diet and LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) and be blinded by short term results,” said Hans-Olov Adami, professor of Cancer Epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

“One must also think of the long term health effects.”

Of the women studied, 1,270 suffered heart attacks or strokes and the risk of falling sick grew in correspondence with lower carbohydrates together with more protein.

High amounts of proteins from vegetables and plants in food were less dangerous than high amounts of animal protein.

A lowering of carbohydrates by 20 grammes (roughly the amount in a small bread roll) together with an increased protein intake of 5 grammes (roughly that of a boiled egg) will increase the risk for heart diseases by five percent.

The findings were published in The British Medical Journal on Wednesday.

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18:10 June 27, 2012 by Penguintopia
No link to the study? The statement 'for some women' implies that there are other risk factors as well (weight, blood pressure, amount of exercise, etc). Did the individuals involved self-report on eating (these studies are far less reliable than controlled eating studies)? Did the individuals maintain weight?

I'd hold off running a headline like this without a full review, a link to the actual study and, most importantly, a clarification of what 'some women' means!

Hej så länge!
19:23 June 27, 2012 by BIG
Oh no, not another one of these studies, meats good for you, meats bad for you. Just eat sensibly and ignore all these studies. They're constantly contradicting themsevles.
19:27 June 27, 2012 by Grokh
duh any diet that is too much of the same thing is bad. even if its water . tell us something new -_-x
04:13 June 28, 2012 by Eric1
I wonder is any of this study is true. Next week there will a "study" that shows the opposite.
14:19 June 28, 2012 by Youdee
This reads like SWENGLISH

"the risk of falling sick grew in correspondence with lower carbohydrates together with more protein".

... in correspondence with ... together with . . .
20:52 June 28, 2012 by Penguintopia
There are lots of 'svengelska' articles on The Local. Not really surprised by that.

Hej så länge!
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