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    High-vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet associated with 20% lower risk of death over 20 years


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    Monday, August 22, 2016 3:57 pm Email this article
    The one-tenth of people with the highest score for consuming a vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet were 20% less likely to die during a 20-26 year follow-up when compared to the one-tenth of people with the lowest score for consuming this type of diet according to a study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    Subjects

    Subjects: 85,168 women followed for 26 years, and 44,548 men followed for 20 years

    The study involved 85,168 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (aged 34 to 59 years at baseline) without heart disease, cancer, or diabetes who were followed from 1980 to 2006 (26 years), and 44,548 men from the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study (aged 40 to 75 years at baseline) without heart disease, cancer, or diabetes who were followed from 1986 to 2006 (20 years).

    Cardiovascular Mortality

    14% Greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease with a high-animal-based, low-carb diet

    The one-tenth of people with the highest score for consuming an animal-based, low-carbohydrate diet were 14% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 20-26 year follow-up when compared to the one-tenth of people with the lowest score for consuming this type of diet.

    Cancer Mortality

    28% Greater risk of dying from cancer with a high-animal-based, low-carb diet

    The one-tenth of people with the highest score for consuming an animal-based, low-carbohydrate diet were 28% more likely to die of cancer during a 20-26 year follow-up when compared to the one-tenth of people with the lowest score for consuming this type of diet.

    Conclusion

    Conclusion: A animal-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with higher risk of death

    “A low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates,” the authors of the study concluded.

     

     

    Bottom Line

    Bottom Line: Eat your vegetables

    The take-away message from this study is to eat your vegetables.

    This article was first published on June 27, 2011.

    REFERENCE

    Fung T, Van Dam RM, Hankinson S, Stampfer M, Willett W, Hu FB. Low-carbohydrate diets and all-cause and cause-specific mortality: Two cohort studies. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Sep 7, 153(5):289-98.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Teresa Fung, ScD
    Department of Nutrition
    Simmons College
    300 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
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    Frank Hu, MD, PhD
    655 Huntington Avenue
    Building II 3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02115 USA
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