“Study first to show that low-carb diets can improve blood flow in as little as four weeks”

FINDINGS:

In this study both men and women were put on low-carbohydrate diets and certain health parameters monitored.  After  4 weeks the researchers found that the men lost more WEIGHT and the women showed more ARTERIAL FLEXIBILITY.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN:

The Center for Disease Control  and Prevention has estimated that 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 the U.S. and UK.

This study gives us hope and shows that this life-threatening  risk may be reduced by choosing a  carbohydrate restricted diet.

Although the 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 carbohydrates would be a significant step towards achieving better artery and heart health.

Click here to see my post on adding leafy greens to your diet.

FUTURE POST:

” Are all carbs bad for you?”

 

JOURNAL SOURCE:

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