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Dr. Anthony Leeds

Anthony LeedsAnthony Leeds graduated from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. Following junior medical posts at the Middlesex, Lister and Northwick Park Hospitals and a short spell as medical officer in West Africa he held a research fellowship at the MRC Gastroenterology Unit and then moved to Queen Elizabeth College which subsequently merged with King's College London in 1985. He has been seconded to the Department of Health as head of the Nutrition Unit, and has served two terms on the Council of the Nutrition Society.

Dr Leeds was chairman of the Royal Society of Medicine's Forum on Food and Health for ten years from 1990. He served as Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee of King's College London for eighteen years until December 2001, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries as a member of the Working Party on Nutrients and the British Nutrition Foundation as a member of the Task Force on Carbohydrates. He facilitated the registration of Nutritionists in its early days as Chairman of the joint Institute of Biology/Nutrition Society Accreditation Panel for the Register of Nutritionists, and as chairman of the registration committee of the Nutrition Society until 2007. He is a member of the Society of Authors, and a trustee of HeartUK, the cholesterol charity, and of the All Saints Educational Trust. At HeartUK he is a member of the product approval working group. He was Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Division of Nutrition Sciences at King's College London until September 2007 and is now Medical Director of the Cambridge Health and Weight Plan and a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at the University of Surrey.

His current research interests concern the use of low energy diets and very low energy diets (VLED) in weight management and complex carbohydrates in relation to metabolic and physiological responses in diabetes, hyperlipidaemias, obesity and metabolic syndrome. An occasional speaker on Radio he also has an interest in the diet of ancient man and made contributions to 'Ray Mears Wild Foods' aired on BBC2 in 2007. He continues part time practice in the NHS at the Central Middlesex Hospital in the department of Diabetes and Endocrinology and as a member of the multidisciplinary team of the North London Obesity Surgery Service at The Whittington Hospital.


Harman NL, Leeds AR, Griffin BA.
Increased dietary cholesterol does not increase plasma low density lipoprotein when accompanied by an energy-restricted diet and weight loss.
Eur J Nutr 2008 Se;47(6):287-93. Epub 2008 Aug 26.

Hajifaraji M, Leeds AR.
The effect of high and low glycaemic index diets on urinary chromium in healthy individuals: a cross-over study.
Arch Iran Med 2008 Jan; 11(1):57-64

Philippou E, McGowan BM, Brynes AE, Dornhorst A, Leeds AR, Frost GS.
The effect of a 12-week low glycaemic index diet on heart disease risk factors and 24 h glycaemic response in healthy middle-aged volunteers at risk of heart disease: a pilot study.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2008 Jan; 62(1):145-9. Epub 2007 Feb 21.

Gardner EJ, Ruxton CH, Leeds AR.
Black tea--helpful or harmful? A review of the evidence.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jan;61(1):3-18. Epub 2006 Jul 19. Review.

Bassindale T, Cowan DA, Dale S, Hutt AJ, Leeds AR, Wheeler MJ, Kicman AT.
Effects of oral administration of androstenedione on plasma androgens in young women using hormonal contraception.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Dec;89(12):6030-8.

Patel VC, Aldridge RD, Leeds A, Dornhorst A, Frost GS.
Retrospective analysis of the impact of a low glycaemic index diet on hospital stay following coronary artery bypass grafting: a hypothesis.
J Hum Nutr Diet. 2004 Jun;17(3):241-7.

Brynes AE, Lee JL, Brighton RE, Leeds AR, Dornhorst A, Frost GS.
A low glycemic diet significantly improves the 24-h blood glucose profile in people with type 2 diabetes, as assessed using the continuous glucose MiniMed monitor.
Diabetes Care. 2003 Feb;26(2):548-9.

Leeds AR, Brand Miller J, Foster-Powell K, Colagiuri S.(2003)
The New Glucose Revolution. Third edition. London: Hodder Mobius .

Leeds AR.
Current views about dietary fiber. In 'Textbook of Men's Health', Lunenfeld B, Gooren, L eds. Boca Raton: Parthenon Publishing, 2002, pp276 - 280.

Attenborough RD, Leeds AR, Attenborough MJ.
Energy and nutrient intake in an ecologically constrained Himalayan valley: a retrospective and prospective discussion. In 'Man-Environment Relationship', Bhasin MK, Bhasin V eds.
Delhi:Kamla-Raj Enterprises, 2000, pps 181 - 188.

Deferne J-L, Leeds AR.
Resting blood pressure and cardiovascular reactivity to mental arithmetic in mild hypertensive males supplemented with blackcurrant seed oil.
J Hum Hypertension 1996; 10: 531-7

Deferne J-L, Leeds AR.
The antihypertensive effect of dietary supplementation with a 6-desaturated essential fatty acid concentrate as compared with a sunflower seed oil.
J Hum Hypertension 1992; 6: 113 - 119

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