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The Atkins Diet and Flow-Mediated Dilation

Posted May 22 2013 10:04pm

Time for another butter-buster.  This study ( full-text ) compared a low-fat diet to an Atkins diet.  It was a six-week study that looked at various markers.

The result: the Atkins diet significantly reduced flow-mediated dilation (FMD).


“But it wasn’t a true low-carb diet”.  Grams of carbohydrate were kept under 25 grams per day over the whole course of the six-week study.  “But they weren’t low-carb adapted”.  Then why did FMD get worse as the study went on, not better?

This study also has some other interesting points that I will circle back to.

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