High or Low Carb-Diet May Increase the Risk of Premature Death

High or Low Carb-Diet May Increase the Risk of Premature Death

Eating moderate levels between that range offered the best options for a healthy lifespan. The Keto diet and the Paleo diet are popular renditions that typically hold a large focus on animal-based foods.

But the researchers recognize that their findings are purely observational at this stage and can not prove a cause and effect of eating too little or too many carbohydrates.

They found that the consumption of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and cheese instead of some carbohydrates increased the risk of death.

She also noted that followers of the "cult of low carb" would likely disregard the growing body of evidence linking the diet to health implications. Low carb diets were defined as carbs contributing less than 40% of the individual's energy intake, while high carb diets were those where carbohydrates accounted for more than 70% of energy consumption.

The researchers estimated that from the age of 50, people in the moderate carb group were on average expected to live for another 33 years.

Although previous studies have shown such diets can be beneficial for short-term weight loss and lower heart risk, the longer-term impact is proving to have more negative consequences, according to the study.

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The study analyzed self-reported data from more than 15,400 middle-aged Americans who participated in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.

"However, our data indicate that animals of a diet low in carbohydrates can lead to a reduction in total life expectancy, so they should not be encouraged", she says. The questionnaire asked about what types of food and drink the participants consumed, in what portions, and with what frequency.

In addition, the findings might be less generalizable to Asian populations where diets are high in carbohydrates, over 60 percent carbohydrates on average, but people also often consume fish rather than meat, according to the authors.

The median follow up was 25 years and during this time 6,283 participants died. "These findings bring together several strands that have been controversial", said Professor Walter Willett, an epidemiologist at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and one of the study's authors.

"Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight-loss strategy", Seidelmann said.

Such diets may help prolong life - unlike the diets that replace carbs with animal proteins and fat.

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