In this section, read over 150 peer-reviewed studies from major scientific publications that support the principles of the Atkins Diet. The abstract is listed for review, as well as a link to the full publication on PubMed. If you’re looking for a specific topic, use the search box below.


Comparison of low- and high-carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes management: a randomized trial

This abstract is available at OBJECTIVE: To comprehensively compare the effects of a very low-carbohydrate, high-unsaturated/low-saturated fat diet (LC) with those of a high-unrefined carbohydrate, low-fat diet (HC) on glycemic control and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in type 2 diabetes (T2DM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Obese adults (n = 115, BMI 34.4 ± Read More

Exploring the relationship between preferences for high fat foods and efficacy of the ketogenic and modified Atkins diets among children with seizure disorders

This abstract is available at PURPOSE: Previous research has indicated that children with seizures may prefer high fat foods – a preference compatible with ketogenic and modified Atkins dietary therapies. The purpose of this prospective study was to examine the relationship between fat preference and efficacy of therapeutic diets in treating intractable seizures among Read More

Ketogenic diet in pediatric patients with refractory focal status epilepticus

This abstract is published on The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used as an alternative treatment for patients with refractory status epilepticus (SE). PURPOSE: In this retrospective study we assess the efficacy and tolerability of the KD in patients with refractory SE. METHODS: Between March 1, 2010 and January 1, 2014, 10 patients who Read More

Migraine improvement during short lasting ketogenesis: a proof-of-concept study

This abstract is published on BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ketogenesis is a physiological phenomenon due to starvation or a ketogenic diet (KD), a drastic restricted carbohydrate dietary regimen that induces lipid metabolism and ketone body synthesis. Two patients whose migraines disappeared only during, and not outside, cycles of very-low-calorie KD performed to reduce their weight Read More

Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base

Authors Abstract:   "The inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the specific failure of the prevailing low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk or general health and the persistent reports of some serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications, in combination with the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets in the Read More

Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets

Background: Low-carbohydrate diets are popular for weight loss, but their cardiovascular effects have not been well-studied, particularly in diverse populations. Objective: To examine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet compared with a low-fat diet on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors. Design: A randomized, parallel-group trial. ( NCT00609271) Setting: A large academic medical center. Participants: 148 men and women without Read More

Saturated fat is not the major issue

Scientists universally accept that trans fats—found in many fast foods, bakery products, and margarines—increase the risk of cardiovascular disease through inflammatory processes.1 But “saturated fat” is another story. The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and guidelines for almost four decades. Yet scientific Read More

The low-carbohydrate diet and cardiovascular risk factors: Evidence from epidemiologic studies

Recent randomized controlled trials document that low-carbohydrate diets not only decrease body weight but also improve cardiovascular risk factors. In light of this evidence from randomized controlled trials, dietary guidelines should be re-visited advocating a healthy low carbohydrate dietary pattern as an alternative dietary strategy for the prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Read More

The cardiometabolic consequences of replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates or Ω-6 polyunsaturated fats: Do the dietary guidelines have it wrong?

A recent publication by Malhotra was refreshing, inspiring and hit on an important topic that has been heavily debated for over 50 years, that is, are saturated fats as bad as we have been led to believe? This editorial discusses the data. Read More

Advice to follow a low-carbohydrate diet has a favourable impact on low-grade infl ammation in type 2 diabetes compared with advice to follow a low-fat diet

Low Carbohydrate Diet was found significantly to improve the subclinical inflammatory state in type 2 diabetes. Read More