Skeptics Think Twice About Atkins Diet
New Studies in 2002 Left Us Asking If High-Fat Diet Is Safe After All
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Atkins Diet -- It's the Calories continued...
Plus, slashing carbs and gulping fat may be dangerous to more
than just your heart health. Barnard points to research recently published in
the American Journal of Kidney Disease, based on studies of 10 healthy people
put on the Atkins diet. "Because their focus is kidney disease, they wanted
to look at calcium loss. It was awful: On the induction diet, calcium losses
were 65% above normal, and even on the more moderate maintenance diet, calcium
losses averaged 55% above normal," Barnard says. "Osteoporosis is a bad
enough problem as it is. If you do something that increases calcium losses,
you're just asking for hip fractures."
So for now, the jury's still out on Atkins. "If it turns
out that the diet is safe and effective, maybe we have something to learn from
it," says Foster. "But we just don't know enough about it yet."
Published Dec. 26, 2002.