Can a low carb diet kill you?!

We’re going back a few years for this week’s note – to 2013 – when a review was published entitled: “Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies.”(Ref 1) The study has been sat in my EndNotes for some time, but I’d forgotten about it. Then Marilyn E Schroeder, @marilyn_ella, tweeted a link to the study and said “Boy oh boy. I'd really like to see what @zoeharcombe would make of that piece of research...” and so I fished it out. Then I spotted the tweet above Marilyn’s, which was from @DiscoStew66, with a link to a blog written by an Australian dietician with the Q&A:

“Q3. Are carbs bad for me?

Nope. In fact, a recent meta-analysis (which is the strongest type of research there is) found that people who follow low carb diets were more likely to die earlier than people who ate them. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23372809.”

Strewth – with rigor like that, this week’s dissection could be tough!

 

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