Report of Health Problems on Low Carb Diets

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2. Findings

Extract from "Updated Analysis of Health Problems Associated with High-Protein, High-Fat, Carbohydrate-Restricted Diets Reported via an Online Registry" by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) (Dec, 2003)

Note: Numbers in brackets refer to research references. See Low Carb Eating References

Up until December of 2003, 429 individuals reported experiencing problems with high-protein, high-fat, carbohydrate-restricted diets via the online registry.

Common Problems Reported by Atkins Diet Alert Registrants

44% reported constipation
40% reported loss of energy
40% reported bad breath
29% reported difficulty concentrating
19% reported kidney problems: kidney stones (11%), severe kidney infections (2%), or reduced kidney function (9%)
33% reported heart-related problems, including 13 individuals reporting heart attack, stent placement, or bypass surgery, 26 reporting arrthymias, 42 reporting other cardiac problems, 58 with elevated serum cholesterol levels

9% reported gallbladder problems or removal
5% reported gout
4% reported diabetes
4% reported colorectal (1%) or other cancers (3%)
3% reported osteoporosis

Other Problems Reported by Three or More Individuals

31 reported severe gastrointestinal problems including irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulititis, ulcers, heart burn, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, or cramps

19 reported severe mood swings, apathy, general malaise, or depression
18 reported peripheral neuropathy, pain, cramps, tingling, on numbness in their limbs
16 reported chronic or severe diarrhea
15 reported experiencing hypoglycemia or feeling fatigued, shaky and weak
15 reported vertigo, dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness
15 reported severe or repeated headaches
10 reported menstrual irregularities or severe menstrual problems
8 reported chest pain
8 reported high blood pressure
7 reported nausea
7 reported not losing or gaining weight

INDEX to PCRM Low Carb Health Problems Report


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Simple Carbs Guide
Starch/Starchy Carbohydrates
Sugars Carbohydrates
Carb Counting Guide
Facts About Carbohydrates
Diabetes, Carbs and Diet

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Types of Fiber
Best Sources of Fiber
Benefits of Fiber
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Nutrition & Carbohydrate
Nutrition in Carbs
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