Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

A low-carbohydrate diet may have health benefits that go beyond weight loss.

A new study shows that a low-carbohydrate diet was equally good as the weight loss drug orlistat (the active ingredient in Alli and Xenical) at helping overweight and obese people lose weight, but people who followed the low-carb diet also experienced a healthy drop in their blood pressure levels.

“I expected the weight loss to be considerable with both therapies but we were surprised to see blood pressure improve so much more with the low-carbohydrate diet than with orlistat,” researcher William S. Yancy, Jr., MD, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, says in a news release. “If people have high blood pressure and a weight problem, a low-carbohydrate diet might be a better option than a weight loss medication.”

Researchers say studies have already shown that the two weight loss methods are effective at promoting weight loss, but it’s the first time the health effects of each have been compared head to head.

via Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure.


4 thoughts on “Low-Carb Diet Lowers Blood Pressure

  1. I have been preaching this for years. I am living proof. I started low carb 3 years ago to control Type 2 diabetes. I’ve been off all medications ever since. I also lost 65 lbs. My doctor tells me that whatever I’m doing keep doing it. Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol (both), lipids, triglycerides, everything they test, is normal or even better, ideal. I’m so passionate about this we started a low carb website with recipes and tips, facebook fan page, and daily blogs on how I live low carb. Check it out at http://www.ourlowcarblife.com. Become a FB fan to keep in touch

  2. Philip

    There’s an interesting post over at the Health Journal Club that makes the case that instead of worrying about low carb versus high carb people should just not eat anything that wasn’t a food 100 years ago. This gets rid of the aspartame, bleached GM flour, high fructose corn syrup garbage they try to pass off as food these days. If interested you can read it here,


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