Dieting can cause heart
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LONDON: Going on a diet could increase the risk
of developing potentially deadly conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and
cancer, a study has found.
The study revealed that those who controlled
their calorie intake produced higher levels of the harmful stress hormone
cortisol and exposure to the hormone actually made some dieters put on weight,
Dieting could actually damage mental health too as many suffered increased
psychological stress when they were constantly forced to count calories and
monitor what they ate.
"Regardless of their success or failure (in losing weight), if future studies
show that dieting increases stress and cortisol, doctors may need to rethink
recommending it to their patients to improve health," the researchers said.
"Chronic stress, in addition to promoting weight gain, has been linked with
coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Dieting might
potentially add to this stress burden and its consequences would best not be
ignored," they added.
The study, by California University in San Francisco and Minnesota University,
looked at 121 women who were put on a standard three-week diet of 1,200 calories
a day - around half a woman's recommended daily amount of 2,000 calories.
Each patient was asked to provide a saliva sample before and after the study to
test for cortisol levels. The results showed a significant
- The Economic times