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Low Carb v. High Protein Diets: 2019 Update

Approximately two-thirds of Americans are now classified as overweight or obese. Genetic predisposition to a hunter-gatherer or farmer-based metabolism may play a role.
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Edward Saltzman, M.D., is Academic Dean for Education at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, and scientist at the Energy Metabolism Laboratory in the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA.

Updated by John Merriman, M.D., Ben Alencherry, M.D., and Aman Rajpal, M.D.

Dr. Merriman is Chief Resident and Dr. Rajpal is Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical and Molecular Endocrinology, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Alencherry is Cardiovascular Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Within the past 12 months, Drs. Merriman, Alencherry and Rajpal report no commercial conflicts of interest. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose relevant to this activity.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms by which macronutrient composition could influence weight loss;

  • Discuss the potential risks associated with low carbohydrate diets;

  • Identify classes of patients in whom low carbohydrate/high fat or high carbohydrate diets could worsen cardiovascular risk factors.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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