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Monday, July 30, 2012

BMJ Accused Of Making False And Misleading Statements Regarding "Atkins-Style" Diet

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The BMJ (British Medical Journal) has been asked by Atkins Nutritionals Inc. to retract what it calls a "false and misleading statement" that a Swedish study found that an "Atkins-style" diet causes increased risk of cardiovascular disease among a specific female population in Sweden. The researchers in the study never used the term "Atkins-style". Atkins Nutritionals Inc. added that the diet used in the study "did not in any way resemble the Atkins Diet".
The diet in the study was not the Atkins Diet"

The Atkins diet starts at 10% carbohydrates, with gradual increments to 20% to 30% over a period of several weeks as the dieter approaches and maintains target weight. The diet used in the study had 51% carbohydrates.

Atkins Nutritionals stressed that its Atkins Diet "emphasizes a healthy balance of proteins and good fats, and includes vegetables, fruits and even whole grains."

In a communiqué, Atkins Nutritionals Inc. wrote:

"It appears that BMJ, to draw public attention to its story, misleadingly inserted the false suggestion that an "Atkins-style" diet was used in the study, and omitted the conclusion of the Swedish researchers that diets similar to the actual Atkins Diet do not necessarily harm cardiovascular health."

The company has demanded that BMJ apologies (sic) and takes corrective action.
Previous studies on low-carb diets

Several studies over the last few years have, in fact, demonstrated that the Atkins Diet reduces the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases. Atkins Nutritionals quoted a 2010 study published in the journal Circulation which showed that a 24-month weight loss diet can induce a significant regression in heart disease markers and a fall in blood pressure. Study leader, Iris Shai, RD, PhD, and team concluded that weight loss diets, including low-fat, Mediterranean, or low-carbohydrate strategies have considerable cardiovascular and heart benefits for people wishing to lose weight. ("Dietary Intervention to Reverse Carotid Atherosclerosis").

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2010, entitled "Weight and Metabolic Outcomes After Two Years On a Low-Carbohydrate Versus Low-Fat Diet: A Randomized Trial" showed that those on a low-carbohydrate diet had better outcomes regarding heart disease and hypertension risk factors compared to people on a low-fat diet.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a low-carbohydrate diet is not only as good as a low-fat plus obesity pill regime, but also was much better at helping people lower their blood pressure.
Better not to get fat.

Better not to follow Atkins.

Better to follow this if you want to lose weight.

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