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KARATAY DIET > Beware of ‘re-feeding syndrome’

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Diet and Nutrition Dr. Betül Sanrı of Istanbul University’s Çapa School of Medicine Hospital warns against the risk of “re-feeding syndrome,” which can set in when one has been avoiding low-GI foods for a long period of time.

“A person on a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet suffers from a drastic rise of insulin in the blood when they consume high-carbohydrate foods. The rise of insulin triggers a fall in glucagon and ketone levels, which causes extreme retention of sodium and water and a dramatic uptake of potassium and magnesium by the body’s cells. It may cause congestive cardiac failure and cardiac arrhythmia, although rarely. This is called refeeding syndrome, which may prove fatal.”

May/08/2012

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