In this study, a group of men and women were put on low-carbohydrate diets and important health parameters monitored. After 4 weeks, researchers found that the men lost more WEIGHT and the women showed more ARTERIAL FLEXIBILITY.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN:
1 out of 3 adults in America and 7 million in the UK live with higher than normal blood sugar levels, a condition known as ‘pre-diabetes’. Pre-diabetic women run an increased risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is reported as the primary cause of death in both the U.S. and UK.
This study gives us hope and shows that we can have a direct influence on this life-threatening risk and reduce the chances of developing heart disease by choosing a carbohydrate-restricted diet.
Although the specific mechanisms are unknown at this stage, this study has shown a link between food choice and better artery health and in the long run better heart health.
Possible first step: Cutting out or at least reducing intake of highly refined carbs would be a significant step towards achieving better artery and heart health and longevity!
” Are all carbs bad for you?”
Syed-Abdul, M. et al. (2018) “Effect of carbohydrate restriction-induced weight loss on aortic pulse wave velocity in overweight men and women” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2018-0113