UC Diet Study Published in National Journal
Published May 2003
Results of the low carbohydrate (Atkins) diet study
conducted at UC were published in the April issue of the Journal of
Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study found that a low
carbohydrate diet was more effective than a low fat, calorie-controlled
diet for short term weight loss, and the low carbohydrate diet, which
tends to be high in fat, was not associated with increases in
cholesterol or blood pressure.
Principal investigator Bonnie Brehm, PhD, RD, assistant
professor in the UC College of Nursing, was "definitely surprised by
these unexpected results." Although the results are quite interesting,
Dr. Brehm states that the study produced more questions than answers.
She cautions that this study is a short-term study with a relatively
small sample size. "More research must be conducted to determine
long-term effects of the low carbohydrate diet among larger and more
diverse populations, such as persons with diabetes, heart disease, and
other chronic diseases."