Current Atherosclerosis Reports

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A review of low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets

  • Eric C. Westman
  • John Mavropoulos
  • William S. YancyJr.
  • Jeff S. Volek


In response to the emerging epidemic of obesity in the United States, a renewal of interest in alternative diets has occurred, especially in diets that limit carbohydrate intake. Recent research has demonstrated that low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets can lead to weight loss and favorable changes in serum triglycerides and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. This review summarizes the physiology and recent clinical studies regarding this type of diet.


Ketone Body Ketogenic Diet Prolonged Fasting Alternative Diet Glucogenic Amino Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric C. Westman
    • 1
  • John Mavropoulos
    • 1
  • William S. YancyJr.
    • 1
  • Jeff S. Volek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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