Why, Oh why, don't the dietitians listen!!

Reaven G. 2001

".... In the absence of associated weight loss, the usually recommended low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet makes the manifestations of syndrome X worse. This is because the more carbohydrates present in the insulin-resistant patient's diet, the greater the insulinogenic stimulus to the pancreas, and hence day-long plasma insulin levels are higher. Replacing saturated fat with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat instead of carbohydrates provides the same favorable effect on LDL cholesterol concentrations without the insulin-stimulating effect of low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. This intervention does not affect insulin resistance, but maintains day-long insulin levels as low as possible....."


Reaven G. 2001

Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2001 Aug;3(4):323-332.Syndrome X. Reaven G. Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Mail Code 5406, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

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