Heart Disease-Linked to the Atkins Diet?

Patricia from Miami asked: â??I have a history of heart disease in my family, and Iâ??ve recently heard that the diet may induce heart disease, or make it worse. I was wondering if these myths are actually true. I donâ??t want to do anything that would possibly provoke heart disease in any way. Thank you.â?

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Doctors have actually not done enough research to directly answer this question with full confidence. However, I can tell you what a lot of people are saying about the connection between the two, and if heart disease really can be induced by the diet.
Some critics say that a high-fat diet can in fact raise the risk of heart disease. However, losing weight alone is enough to debunk that theory. Weight loss helps to decrease the likelihood of all heart diseases and coronary problems. Weight loss will also clean your arteries out, and reduce your risk of heart attack.
Another concern of health officials is that a person should be consuming no more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat. These people are highly distressed because during induction, dieters consume about 60% of their calories from saturated fat. Still, the induction phase is only a very small portion of the overall diet, and after the induction phase, that percentage drops significantly to 20%. While this is still 10% higher than the recommended proportion, it is definitely nothing to get your panties in a twist about.
Although some people say that the diet does increase risks of heart disease, there have actually been no tests to prove this presumption.
Honestly, you may need to do a little bit of your own research, but if you are truly uncomfortable with what people are saying about the diet and its link to heart disease, you may want to find another diet that is better suited for you. The Atkins diet is an incredible one, and Iâ??m sure you would be happy with it, but as always, health comes first. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!





One Response to “Heart Disease-Linked to the Atkins Diet?”

  1. Renee says:

    I was on Atkins for 5 months last year and lost 30 lbs. I went off the diet for 3 months to maintain-then planned to start again but I had a heart attack and ended up having surgery to put in a stint. The Dr. said I needed to lose more weight and the Atkins diet was ok but I tried for 2 months and didn’t loose any weight on the “induction” phase. I think all the blood pressure meds, high chloresteral meds, blood thinner, etc interfere with the diet somehow. I can’t go off my meds so do you have any other suggestions?

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