The impact of crash diets on the heart

The effects have been unclear until now

Crash diets can cause a transient deterioration in heart function, according to UK research that suggests a cautionary approach be taken in people with heart disease.

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While low-calorie diets are good for losing weight, reducing blood pressure and reversing diabetes, the effects on the heart are not so cut and dried.

Presenting their research in Barcelona last week, a team from the University of Oxford reports that heart function actually gets worse in the first week of dieting before starting to improve.

Diets of 600-800 calories can aggravate heart failure symptoms such

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