A higher protein diet may increase risk of heart failure: Health & Nutrition Bites

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

The high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet fad still seems to be going strong. While such diets do help people lose weight (largely because they stop eating junk), we already know that diets that are high in animal protein and animal fats put people at greater risk of type 2 diabetes. They also appear to have some negative effect on your cognitive ability. On the other hand, there's some older research to suggest that a low-carbohydrate diet may not affect your risk of heart disease, at least for women.

A study just published in Circulation: Heart Failure (2018;11:e004531) (a publication of the American Heart Association) is an observational study of nearly 2,500 Finnish men who were between the ages of 42 and 60 at the start of the study's recruitment period between 1984 and 1989. High protein diets and heart failure »

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