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Ketogenic Diet Raises Cholesterol in Kids

Findings Could Have Implications for All Who Eat Very High-Fat Diets

What Does This Mean for Atkins?

The Atkins diet and other wildly popular low-carbohydrate eating plans represent somewhat less restrictive versions of the ketogenic diet. Recent studies have found that people who are losing weight on these diets typically see reductions in cholesterol and lipid levels.

But Kwiterovich says his results suggest that following these diets long term, in the absence of weight loss, may be dangerous.

"It is very possible that staying on an Atkin's-type diet for maintenance once weight stabilizes will cause an increase in cholesterol ... even though the same diet can lead to reductions while weight loss is going on," he says.

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