A low carbohydrate and high fat diet causes excessive myocardial lipid content.
sa Carlsson 1,2 , Maja Sohlin 1,2 , Sofi Holmquist 2 , Eva Forsell-Aronsson 2 , and Maria Ljungberg 1
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering,
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, VGR,
Physics, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, VGR, Sweden
During last years a diet with low carbohydrate and high
fat content (LCHF) has become very popular in Sweden.
There is, however, very little knowledge about the
internal and long term effects of this kind of diet. In
this study, cardiac MR spectroscopy is used to measure
the myocardial lipid content in dieting and non-dieting
volunteers. For both groups the myocardial lipid content
was dependent on body mass index (BMI) and waist to hip
ratio (WHR) alone. The group on diet showed excessive
myocardial lipid content compared to the non-dieting
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