May 14, 2012
-- The Atkins diet is a low-carb diet that promises a variety of benefits, including better memory function and heart health and significant weight loss. For those who are on the Atkins diet facts show that the body burns stored fat quickly and more efficiently. At the same time, the Atkins diet and its effects on health remain subject of debate. Some studies have shown that the diet lowers LDL (low density lipoprotein)
, prevents cardiovascular disease, and increases the amount of good cholesterol or HDL. Other studies have found that there is an increased risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. One study has shown that insulin resistance improves, and the amount of HDL increases in dieters on the Atkins diet. Another study compared the levels of methylglyoxal in people following the diet. MG or methylglyoxal is associated with tissue and blood vessel damage and is shown to be higher in diabetics with poorly controlled diabetes. The research team found that the level of methylglyoxal doubled in dieters on the Atkins diet. According to the researchers, this is due to ketosis. Members of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science questioned these findings, pointing out that MG has beneficial and toxic effects, and the former outweigh the latter.
There are other risks associated with low-carb, high-protein diets, including kidney failure, kidney stones, osteoporosis, cancer, and high cholesterol. High-protein diets ban foods rich in carbohydrates which contain fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. This increases the risk of health problems such as cancer. Experts explain that it is important to consume protein-rich foods as part of a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. High-protein, low-carb diets have been shown to cause dieters to release more calcium through the urine. There is an increased risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. Furthermore, consuming protein-rich foods makes dieters susceptible to kidney disease and kidney failure because this puts a strain on the kidneys. Low carb diets, consisting of high-fat foods such as dairy products and red meat, are associated with high cholesterol. High cholesterol, on the other hand, increases the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Finally, low carb diets cause the body to go into ketosis, which is a dangerous metabolic state. Instead of burning glucose for energy, the body is forced to burn fat. This can cause kidney failure and kidney stones.
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