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Atkins Cholesterol Diet

The Atkins Diet (or Adkins Diet, as many people call it) is not specifically designed to reduce your cholesterol. It is actually a diet created by Dr. Robert Atkins which restricts carbohydrate intake, while allowing larger amounts of fats and proteins. One of the results of the diet seems to be an improvement in the lipid profile.

Researchers at the Weight and Eating Disorders Program of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine started a controlled trial of the Atkins Diet. The study, which was published in the May 22, 2003, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, took place in multiple locations and studied 63 obese men and women who averaged 44 years of age and 216 pounds. 37 of the initial 63 persons finished the entire 12 months of the study.

The participants, depending on the group they were assigned, were given either a copy of Atkins Diet book or instructions on a diet based on the USDA Food Guide Pyramid which allows a high percentage of carbohydrates and low fats and proteins. All participants met with a registered dietitian at 0, 3, 6 and 12 months.

After one year, the Atkins group had lost an average of almost 10 pounds, compared with under 6 pounds for the conventional dieters, though this was statistically insignificant. More interesting for our discussion was the significantly greater increases in good cholesterol (HDL) and greater decreases in triglycerides with the Atkins dieters.

At one year, the Atkins group had greater increases in HDL (good) cholesterol (18% vs 3%) and greater reductions in triglycerides (-28% vs 1%) than did the conventional dieters. Changes in LDL (bad) cholesterol were insignificant during the study.

In the same issue of the New england Journal of Medicine, there was also an article about a six month study done by Dr. Frederick Samaha and others, which showed a significant reduction in triglyceride levels, though no increases in HDL levels were shown.

Perhaps we can read in to this that it really is the Atkins Cholesterol Diet.

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