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Duke University Research Study on the Atkins Diet  July, 2002 DURHAM, N.C. – The high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet popularized by Dr. Robert Atkins Diet Revolution has been the subject of heated debate in medical circles for three decades. Now, preliminary research findings at Duke University Medical Center show that a low-carbohydrate diet such as the Atkins Diet can indeed lead to significant and sustained weight loss. .... patients’ cholesterol levels improved by the end of six months ....

What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie?  July, 2002, New York Times Gary Taubes questions weather the Atkins Diet and Low-Carb Plans have been right all along.  "I have been impressed,’’ he said, ‘‘with the anger of academicians in the audience. Their response is ‘How dare you even present data on the Atkins diet!’ ’’ "In all five studies, cholesterol levels improved similarly with both diets, but triglyceride levels were considerably lower with the Atkins diet"....

Cancer Risk Found in French Fries, Bread and other Carbohydrates  April, 2002 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Basic foods eaten by millions around the world such as bread, biscuits, potato chips and french fries contain alarmingly high quantities of acrylamide, a substance believed to cause cancer, Swedish scientists said on Wednesday. The research carried out at Stockholm University in cooperation with experts at Sweden's....

New Studies Validate Benefits Of Atkins & Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets February, 2002 February, 2002: New Studies Validate Benefits Of Atkins & Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets. San Diego, 2002 is the First Annual Nutrition Week, February 23 - 27 by the NAASO. Four new clinical studies presented in favour of the Atkins Diet and Low-Carb diets. Researchers concluded that the Atkins Diet produced favorable effects on weight, HDL, triglycerides, and retention compared with a conventional....

Scientists Find Protein That Turns Carbs Into Fat Thursday August 2, 2001By Emma Hitt, PhD Researchers have identified a small protein in liver cells that may help convert excess dietary carbohydrates into fat stores. They hope that the finding will lead to the development of obesity-fighting drugs that inhibit the actions of this protein.

Harvard Study Food Pyramid is wrong Thursday July 26, 2001 According to a story by USA Today, opponents of the food pyramid -- which advises eating six to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta a day; two to three servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts; and fats, oils and sweets sparingly -- claim it is too general, puts too much stress on carbohydrates and

Scientists back concept of glycemic index June 25, 2001 New research at Harvard University shows low-carb, high-protein diets help shed pounds when people cut way down on certain culprits such as potatoes, white bread, white rice and pasta. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.

High Protein Diet Found Beneficial. Contrary to what many conventional medical authorities, vegetarians, and other promoters of low-fat diets say, consumption of very high levels of protein may not have adverse effects and may in fact boost antioxidant levels, new research from Germany has found.

Findings concerning Protein Diet : 02 November, 2000 Eating Proteins Helps To Feel More "Full" Than Carbohydrates  (and other studies) A study has found that eating a meal high in protein content leaves subjects feeling more satiated. It seems that foods that a higher in their protein content produced the highest sensations of fullness when compared high-fat and high-carbohydrate meals. The nutrient composition of higher protein meal seems to influence physiological as well as physiological sensations that occur while you eat.

A prospective study of dietary glycemic load, carbohydrate intake, and risk of coronary heart disease in US women 2001: From the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, the Harvard School of Public Health; the Channing Laboratory; and the Division of Preventive Medicine, the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

New Research Examines Effectiveness And Weight Loss Maintenance of the Low Carbohydrate Diet Studies  LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct 30, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Clinical studies presented today at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), show that most obese people who are able to achieve successful long-term weight loss eat a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet. However, a low-carbohydrate, high-protein/fat diet can also help people lose weight.

Low-carbohydrate diet helps diabetics NEW YORK, Jan 04 2000 (Reuters Health) -- A low-carbohydrate, calorie-restricted diet can help people with type 2 diabetes get their blood sugar under control when standard dietary changes and drug treatment have failed, according to California researchers. At least in the short run, the diet may help patients avoid having to take insulin to control their disease.

Those with PCOS can benefit from Lo Carb Diet At the University of Chicago Hospitals, we have found that 1 in 3 women with PCOS will have an abnormal glucose tolerance test and that 1 in 10 will be diabetic by age 40. It is important to note that women with PCOS who have a family history of diabetes appear to be at highest risk for abnormalities in glucose tolerance. 

HARVARD HEART DISEASE STUDY SUPPORTS PROTEIN The study's objective was to examine the relation between protein intake and risk of IHD. The primary endpoint was nonfatal myocardial infarction or fatal ischemic heart disease occurring between 1980 and 1994. Compared with the lowest protein-intake group, women with the highest protein intake were 26% less likely to develop IHD over the study period.

Studies suggest Atkins diet is safe  NEW YORK, Feb 18 2000 (Reuters Health) - The extremely carbohydrate-restricted Atkins diet is a safe, effective way to lose weight, according to studies presented at the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine in New Orleans.

Medical Experts to Offer First Scientific Review of the Atkins Diet Sept. 5, 2000 - University of South Florida Sponsors Fully Accredited Research Analysis on Low-Carbohydrate Protocols

Diabetics Improve Health With Very High-Fat, Low Carb Diet  By Cameron Johnston Special to DG News SAN DIEGO, CA -- June 15, 1999 -- A very high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet has been shown to have astounding effects in helping type 2 diabetics lose weight and improve their blood lipid profiles.

A high-carbohydrate diet increases the risk of heart disease June 13, 2000 Excerpts from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Scroll to the middle of the page under Diet).

Study shows high fat, low carb diet helps epileptic children December 8, 1998 From CNN

The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine Holds its First CME Program on Scientific Research and Clinical Application of Low-Carbohydrate Diets NEW YORK, July 31 2000 /PRNewswire/ -- The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine and the University of South Florida College of Medicine will jointly sponsor a CME Program, ``Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Scientific Research and Clinical Application,'' at the New York Marriott Marquis on Saturday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Effect of Fat vs Carbohydrates on the Etiology of Type 2 Diabetes60th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association  Day 1 - June 10, 2000 The Effect of Fat vs Carbohydrates on the Etiology of Type 2 Diabetes, by James Lenhard, MD

High-fat Diet Better for Female Athletes Sunday July 30 2000, High-fat Diet Better for Female Athlete. By Janice Billingsley HealthSCOUT Reporter  Forget weight watching. A new study shows that a high-fat diet can help female athletes literally go that extra mile.

Excess blood sugar may boost free-radical production  NEW YORK, Aug 25 2000 (Reuters Health) - Excess sugar in the blood appears to increase the production of free radicals--byproducts of normal metabolism that have been linked to aging and heart disease, US researchers report.

Get Ready: Controversy Likely to Heat Up About Long-Term, High-Protein Diets Nov. 10, 1999, (Atlanta), Latest Findings Suggest Higher-Fat, Lower-Carb Diets Improve Insulin Resistance Sensitivity

More women choosing health over heart disease August 23 2000 (Reuters Health) "The researchers suggest that consumption of refined carbohydrates might account for rising rates of obesity.``The incidence of coronary disease would probably have declined even more if body mass index had not increased over time,'' they speculate."

Low-Fat Diet Good For Kids? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23 2000 (HealthSCOUT) -- Infants on a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet may have less heart disease when they grow up, a new Finnish study suggests." BUT "A low-fat diet could damage nerve and brain development, says Jeff Hampl, a professor of nutrition at Arizona State University and a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. "The basic understanding is that our central nervous systems and our brains have quite a bit of fat in them. Up to the age of 2, the nervous system continues to grow, and to ensure good brain growth we want to make sure that kids are getting enough fat."

For diet results, moderate-fat beats low-fat June 6, 2000 They divided the participants into two groups. Half of the people followed a diet with 35% of calories from fat that was mostly monounsaturated (olive oil, canola oil, peanut butter, avocado, nuts) and some polyunsaturated fats (corn oil, soybean oil). They limited saturated fat (fatty meats, whole dairy products) to about 5% of their intake. It was based on a Mediterranean-style diet. The other half were instructed to limit their diet to no more than 20% of calories from fat.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome A Little-Known Complaint Affecting Many Women. David Edelberg, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor,

Don't Fret the Fat June 18, 2000: It's a key part of a balanced diet for athletes. The State University of New York at Buffalo leads the way in the research, with several studies concluding that low-fat diets can be dangerous.


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