Perricone Diet Other Considerations

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The Perricone diet is a little different to most other low carbohydrate, higher protein diets, because not only are food and calories restricted, but there are various supplements and face/body care lotions and creams which are recommended, as part of the diet regime. This needs to be considered as part of the reason to try this die.

Some of the other considerations that people need to take into account before trying this diet are:

  • Current clinical trial underway to determine safety over 4 years
  • No longer-term studies yet completed on the safety of this diet
  • Supplements are strongly advised to be taken & expesive
  • Skin care lotions and creams are also recommended & expensive
  • Kidney function – can become impaired over time
  • Pregnant and lactating women should not try this diet
  • Suitability of this diet for children is not known
The Perricone diet is a little different to most other low carbohydrate, higher protein diets, because not only are food and calories restricted, but there are various supplements and face/body care lotions and creams which are recommended, as part of the diet regime

References and Explanations

  1. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Too much protein may cause reduced kidney function – article in the Harvard Gazette, 13 March 2003. Accessed on 10 January 2008. Their study showed that diets high in animal protein are associated with reduced kidney function over time, which is neither beneficial for people with healthy kidneys, but importantly this it also means a high protein diet may have major health risks for people with existing impaired kidney function
  2. National Institutes of Health – ClinicalTrials.gov. Effectiveness of a Low Carbohydrate Diet Versus a High Carbohydrate Diet in Promoting Weight Loss and Improved Health. Ongoing clinical trial from April 2005 – June 2009 with 240 participants. This study will look at the effects of a low carbohydrate diet versus a high carbohydrate diet on weight loss over a longer period (of four years). The study also aims to measure the risk of cardiovascular disease (blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as blood pressure levels), bone health, kidney function and endocrine (insulin and glucose in particular) mechanisms over the course of the study in both groups. The sponsor of this clinical trial is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  3. Dr Perricone recommends that to enable people to get the most out of the diet, certain supplements are recommended together with various skin care lotions and creams, to reduce the impacts of the ageing process on the body
  4. There are very specific nutrition guidelines for pregnant and lactating women and this diet is not specially made for these groups of women, who have special dairy and other nutrient requirements and who should seek professional medical advice if they would like to try this diet. The Perricone diet exceeds the amount of fish and shellfish recommended for pregnant and lactating women
  5. The suitability of this diet diet for children is not known, so individual advice from a medical professional be sought to ascertain if the Perricone diet is suitable for any child

 

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