Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk

Popular Diets Can Impact Cardiovascular Health




ESB Professional/Shutterstock.com

Regardless of the type of protein consumed, low-carb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


This article appears in the June 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance

Eleven athletes ran five kilometers a good six percent faster after four days on a Mediterranean diet compared to four days on a Western diet.

Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure

Consuming as few as seven to 13 alcoholic drinks a week increases the risk of high blood pressure, say researchers.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Evanston Yoga Day is Going to be a Blast

To celebrate National Yoga Month, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga and local sponsors Whole Foods Market and Lululemon are teaming up beginning at 9 a.m., September 19, up to host the fifth annual Evanston Yoga Day.

Now is the Time to Enter Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards Contest

It took awhile for spring to get its act together in the Midwest, but plants have a way of making up for lost time.

Local Vet Named AHVMA President

Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, has been named president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA).

Learn About Permaculture and Food Security

The nonprofit Resiliency Institute brings permaculture to the Chicago suburbs via evening and weekend classes, certification courses, potlucks and Growing Food Security projects. Courses are open to everyone.

Three Ways to Stop Sabotaging Personal Happiness

When we feel stress and pressure, are harder on ourselves than anyone else could ever be or feel like we can never do enough or measure up, we are experiencing something called “self-bullying”.

Discover the Flavors of Door County

Anyone craving a foodie road trip out of the city and into the countryside, but without the butter burgers and fries, can find their destination in Wisconsin’s Door County.