What do you say now, Dr. Atkins?

I do not eat a low-carb diet. I eat plenty of brown rice and sweet potatoes, which are more complex carbs – they release sugar into the bloodstream more slowly than white rice, white potatoes, sugar, or most breads. I myself get most of my protein from fish and beans.

New research suggests that low-carb diets may be associated with INCREASED mortality.  This study has all of the limitations of association studies – they don’t prove causation.

Reports this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine:

The animal low-carbohydrate score was associated with higher all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and cancer mortality. In contrast, a higher vegetable low-carbohydrate score was associated with lower all-cause mortality…

So, if your idea of an Atkins diet is cheese omelettes for breakfast and burgers without buns, you may be doing yourself a disservice.


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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