Popular Diet Plans Can Unclog Arteries

Any one of three heart-healthy diets — low-fat, low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean — can reverse the thickening of artery walls that can lead to heart attack and stroke, an Israeli study indicates.

“Once one adheres to a sensible diet, even though you experience only a moderate weight loss, if you stick to it long enough you can cause regression of atherosclerosis,” explained Iris Shai, a nutritional epidemiologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and lead author of a report to be published in the March 16 print issue of the journal Circulation.

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