Study Shows Low Carb Diets Linked with Shorter Life

Low carb diets are all the rage: there is the ketogenic diet that is high in fats and low in carbohydrates as well as Atkin’s and the Zone and most of the other weight loss programs out there that are high in protein and low in carbs. Most of the creators and followers of these low carb diets won’t be thrilled by the latest scientific findings—apparently the diet that may (or may not) give you a smaller waistline will also shorten your life.

That’s because a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet Public Healthfound that low carb diets shorten lifespan. The scientists assessed 15,428 adults aged 45 to 64 and discovered that those people who ate between 50 and 55 percent of their dietary caloric intake as carbohydrates had a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a longer lifespan, while those who had either a very low carb diet (40 percent of total dietary caloric intake) or very high carb diet (70 percent of total dietary caloric intake) had the greatest risk of death from any cause and a shortened lifespan.

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