The scientists analyzed 34 years of data on the health status of 7224 women and 2877 men. Participants completed biennial lifestyle and medical history questionnaires.
It turned out that those who adhered to a low-carb diet had 24% lower all-cause mortality. And diets based on plant foods and high-quality carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, whole grains) showed the greatest benefit. These diets have also been associated with a lower death rate from cancer and heart disease.
People who exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and drink alcohol in moderation benefited most from a plant-based, low-carb diet.
All the findings of the study were published on the Internet. They will also be featured in the April issue of Diabetes Care.
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