High-Protein Diet Increases Risk of Heart Diseases in Middle-Aged Men

high protein diet increases risk of heart diseases in middle aged men

As per a new study, published by the American Heart Association, middle-aged men, who binge on protein, could have a slightly greater chance of developing heart failure than those, who consume lesser protein.[1]

Despite high-protein diets being immensely popular, there is very little research on their role in increasing the risk of heart disease. Therefore, researchers followed 2441 men in the age group of 42-60 for nearly 22 years to determine the relationship between high-protein diet and heart failure in middle-aged men.

The study showed that those, who consumed a diet rich in dairy and meat protein had a higher risk of developing heart disease than others, who had plenty of plant proteins from beans, soy, fish and even eggs.

These results are contradicting the beliefs of fad diet that recommends diets low in carbohydrate and rich in protein as a healthy way to reduce weight. Experts are now questioning the beliefs of people, who have sedentary lifestyle and bank on shakes in order to satisfy their hunger.


A report published by BBC showed that people, who consumed too much protein as compared to their physical activeness and a lower carbohydrate diet are at a higher risk of developing gut problems.

Another study showed that consuming calorie-rich foods like potatoes, pasta and rice actually promotes weight loss by making a person feel fuller for a longer period of time.

The researchers at the American Heart Association claim that more research is needed to to determine the role of high-protein diet in causing heart problems.

Still, the scenario is not good for middle-aged men, who swear by bacon and burger instead of vegetables and whole grains.

Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, a researcher, states that it is equally important to educate people about the potential health risks of consuming high protein diets. The benefits of these diets should not overshadow the risks that creep slowly in to life.

Some of the earlier studies had linked high protein diet especially those obtained from animal sources showed an increase risk of developing type II diabetes and in some cases, death.