Low-carb diets linked to shorter life span


It was deduced that for a healthy lifespan, a moderate amount of carbohydrate is imperative. It found that people who get about half of their total calories from carbohydrates may be at a lower risk of early death.

However, the definition of a low-carb diet had some caveats as not all diets were equal.

"Instead, if one chooses to follow a low-carbohydrate diet", she continued, "then exchanging carbohydrates for more plant-based fats and proteins might actually promote healthy ageing in the long term".

"We need to look really carefully at what are the healthy compounds in diets that provide protection", Seidelmann said. After the first stage the researchers compared a low-carb diet included the consumption of foods rich in animal proteins and fats, with a diet which includes vegetable proteins and fats.

"Our data suggests that animal-based low carbohydrate diets, which are prevalent in North America and Europe, might be associated with shorter overall life span and should be discouraged", lead author Sara Seidelmann, fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a statement.

The findings "will disappoint those who, from professional experience, will continue to defend their low-carb cult, but contributes to the overwhelming body of evidence that supports a balanced approach to caloric intake recommended globally by public health bodies", Collins added.

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To remedy this, the researchers studied over 15,400 people, aged 45-64, who registered in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study in 1987-1989.

For the study, the researchers made 15,400 people from the USA fill out questionnaires on the amount of food and drinks they consumed along with the portion size for each. They were then followed up for a median of 25 years, during which time, 6,283 people died. She also warns about the potential dangers of the keto diet.

From age 50, the average life expectancy was an extra 33 years for people who ate carbs in moderation. She is one of the authors of the study. In previous studies, was attended by more than 400 thousand People from more than 20 countries.

Dr. Sarah Seidelman is a clinical researcher who specializes in cardiovascular medicine.

However, new research points out that both too much carbohydrate and too little in our diet may be a cause for concern. They were asked questions about their eating habits. But it also says that consuming a diet consisting of less than 40 percent carbohydrates might send someone to the grave four years early.

But experts in the field agree the findings are notable. Now, we live in a world where low-carb diets are "goals" on Instagram and, as part of a society obsessed with weight loss, we avoid all carbs at all costs as if they're not a vital source of energy.