Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Low Carb and Controlled Carb Diets Dead? Not for Researchers

The media may think low-carb diets are dead, but researchers at institutions around the world - from the University of Connecticut, Storrs to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine...from Institut National Agronomique, Paris-Grignon to the School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil - continue to study the effects of carbohydrate restriction as an option for weight loss and the management of a number of diseases and disorders.

Their interests are diverse, seeking answers to questions such as:
  • What does carbohydrate restriction do in metabolism?
  • How is carbohydrate restriction effective in disease management?
  • Why is a low-carb diet effective for some and not others?
  • What is different in a low-carb diet nutritionally than other dietary approaches?
  • What mechanisms are at work to spare lean body mass during carbohydrate restriction?
  • What's going on with cholesterol during carbohydrate restriction and why?
  • What is the role of visceral abdominal fat in Metabolic syndrome?
  • How does body composition and hormonal responses change in a carbohydrate-restricted diet?

With the current level of hostility and disinterest in the media about controlled-carb dietary approaches, you may miss hearing about one of the most important conferences coming up in January 2006 - The Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrate Restriction.

This is the second conference hosted by SUNY Downstate and the Nutrition & Metabolism Society that will bring together researchers from around the world to present findings and explore the role of carbohydrate restriction in weight management and nutritional health.

The conference will take place January 20-22, 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. Presentations from distinguished researchers, scientists and medical professionals include:

  • Marc Hellerstein, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences and an Associate Nutritionist at the University of California in Berkeley
  • Fredric B. Kraemer, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism at Stanford University
  • Gary J. Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Gerald I. Shulman, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University
  • Daniel Tome, PhD, Institut National Agronomique, Paris-Grignon
  • Eric C. Westman, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University
  • Mary C. Gannon, PhD, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Metabolic Research Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Throughout the three-day conference, dozens of speakers are scheduled along with time for roundtable and panel discussions and questions and answers.

The conference is of special interest to researchers, scientists and medical professionals - and also well worth attending for those who are from industry and want to understand the ins-and-outs of carbohydrate restriction as a dietary approach. And, let's not forget consumers, who want and need clear, concise information about the evidence, presented directly from those who are researching low-carb and controlled-carb diets!

1 comment:

  1. Great post on the often misunderstood low carb diet. I have bookmarked your site!