Low Carb Diet Linked With Atrial Fibrillation, Study Surprises Atkins Diet Advocates
Planning to go on a high protein low carb diet to shed weight fast? With the shocking results delivered by a recent study, you might want to put a plug on the restrictive low carb diets. They aren’t as healthy as you always thought them to be and risks include atrial fibrillation. Keep reading to find out more…
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Low Carb Diet Linked With Atrial Fibrillation, Study Shocks Paleo And Atkins Diet Advocates
The debate over the health impact of low carb diets, such as, Atkins, Paleo, and Ketogenic has been around since long. But with the latest research lead by Dr. Xiaodong Zhuang, the scales do not seem to be in favor of the low carb diet advocates.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) recently published a study that aimed to assess the impact of carbohydrate intake on human health, and the results are nothing short of shocking. Low carb intake increased the risk of atrial fibrillation. The study clearly concludes:
“The restriction of carbohydrate intake increases AF incident in individuals with low and moderate carbohydrate intake. We suggested that low carbohydrate diet as a popular way to lose weight may not be extensively recommended because of the increased risk of incident AF”.
Medscape quoted the lead author, Dr. Xiaodong Zhuang as saying,
“Our study found that low-carbohydrate diets are associated with increased risk of incident AF in a large prospective study, indicating that this popular weight-control way of restricting carbohydrate intake should be recommended cautiously”.Dr. Xiaodong Zhuang , Lead Author of the study, Cardiologist, MD, PhD
Dr. Zhuang further explained that the increased risk of AF, associated with low carb diets, is independent of the type of protein or fat used to replace the carbohydrate. This would mean both plant-based, as well as, animal-based low carb diets could be equally detrimental to your health, putting you at a higher risk for atrial fibrillation.
The study included 13,385 participants free of atrial fibrillation (AF). To ascertain AF, hospital discharge codes, electrocardiograms, and death certificates were used. Alongside a questionnaire on a daily intake of over 66 food items, Harvard Nutrient Database was used to estimate the daily intake of carbohydrates.
What is atrial fibrillation (AF)?
WebMD describes atrial fibrillation as irregular heartbeats that increases the likelihood of a stroke and several other heart diseases. The signs of AF include, but aren’t limited to, fatigue, dizziness, and weakness. Depending upon the severity of the condition, treatment may involve surgery, ablation, pacemakers, cardioversion. Medication and lifestyle changes can help alleviate the symptoms in less severe cases.