…and that condition underlies most heart attacks, strokes, and poor circulation to limbs. Here’s the conclusion from an abstract:
High-carbohydrate diets, particularly in the form of high-glycemic index carbohydrate, have the ability to directly induce atherosclerosis. Based on anthropologic facts, the reason for these dietary-induced, insulin-mediated, atherogenic metabolic perturbations are suggested to be an insufficient adaptation to starch and sugars during human evolution. Restriction of insulinogenic food (starch and sugars) may help to prevent the development of atherosclerosis, one of the most common and costliest human diseases.
The article was published in 2006. In 2007, Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu was singing the same tune about carbohydrates. Jenny Brand-Miller and associates implicate high-glycemic-index carbohydrates as a cause of atherosclerotic heart disease in women, but I don’t recall any similar evidence in men. Yet.
I know many diabetics hate to cut dietary carbohydrates. If this new theory of atherosclerosis pans out, maybe carb restriction will be easier to stomach.