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Increased Cardiovascular Risk and High Protein Diets

Posted Jul 14 2012 10:00pm

When summer comes, barbecue season follows, along with plenty of fatty meats thrown on the grill.
A recent study suggest we should re-consider our dietary choices, not just during the Summer either!

The study published in the British Medical Journal, stated a high protein, low carbohydrate diet increased the risk of heart disease. Between 1991 and 1992 the Women’s Lifestyle and Health Cohort recruited 43,396 women aged 30 to 49 years old. They presented with no history of cardiovascular disease. Extensive lifestyle and dietary patterns were recorded.

Study participants were followed for approximately 16 years to document any hospitalizations, cardiovascular events or deaths. At the conclusion of the study a total of 1,270 cardiovascular events where recorded. The researchers final analysis found that a high protein, low carbohydrate diet were associated with this increase in cardiovascular events. For every 10% decrease in carbohydrate, cardiovascular risks increased by 5%.

Take home message- Cardiovascular disease is preventable with a high carbohydrate plant based diet. Give it a try .

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