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How Atkins diet almost forced GP on to statins

Dr Gill Jenkins found her cholesterol levels soared after she tried the Atkins diet for a BBC1 investigation.

Dr Jenkins, a GP in Bristol with a special interest in obesity, said she would have been forced to take statins had she continued on the low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet.

In one month, her total cholesterol jumped from 5.3 to 8mmol per litre and her low density lipoprotein rose from 3 to 4.8mmol per litre.

'The Atkins diet is boring, it's constipating, it's expensive, hard to stick to and clinically may not be good for you,' she said.

'If a patient wanted to do the diet I wouldn't say "don't do it" but I would want to check their cholesterol levels and general health.'

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