High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but a new study in mice suggests they have a down side: They lead to more plaque in the arteries. Further, the new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that high-protein diets spur unstable plaque -- the kind most prone to rupturing and causing blocked arteries. More plaque buildup in the arteries, particularly if it's unstable, increases the risk of heart attack.
- Nature Metabolism
- National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association, Washington University Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center and Diabetes Research Center, Washington University Mass Spectrometry Core, Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital