The downfall of the Atkins Diet is also its one saving grace–people may not be able to tolerate the diet for long enough to suffer the long-term consequences. The American Heart Association states: “Individuals who follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal [kidney], bone, and liver abnormalities overall.” Low carb diets like the Atkins diet may also hasten the onset of type II diabetes. In short, concluded the September 2004 review in The Lancet, “low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended.”
In Europe, hospitals have already started banning the Atkins Diet[255-256] after the British government’s Medical Research Council, backed up by the British Nutrition Foundation and the British Dietetic Association, condemned the Atkins Diet as “negligent” “nonsense and pseudo-science” posing a “massive health risk.”
An article out of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine entitled “Physician’s Guide to Popular Low Carbohydrate Weight-Loss Diets” noted that the Atkins Diet “can jeopardize health in a variety of ways.” Let us count the ways.