Arizona’s Role in Diet Research

mayoIf you’re worried about all the good food you’ll be eating this holiday season….and the extra pounds that go along with it – our partners at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona may be able to help. In a study, just released in the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Mayo researchers in Scottsdale found that low-carb diets are more effective than low-fat diets for weight loss over the short-term.

From United Press International (UPI):

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona analyzed research from January 2005 to April 2016 looking for possible adverse effects and overall safety, finding that people on low-carb diets lost between 2.5 and almost 9 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet during the same six-month time periods.

“The best conclusion to draw is that adhering to a short-term low carb diet appears to be safe and may be associated with weight reduction,” said Dr. Heather Fields, lead researcher on the study and an internal medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic.

According to a news release, “Researchers also found that diets where you limit carbohydrates are relatively safe in the short term.” By ‘short-term’ they were using up to six months as a benchmark. Examples of low-carb diets include:

Men’s Fitness explained why researchers said low-carb diets are safe over a relatively short period of time.

Many dieters who adopt low-carb nutrition plans end up eating a greater amount of meat—some protein sources that are sub-par in terms of nutrition and could contribute to some cancers, researchers say. To mitigate that risk, “We encourage patient[s] to eat real food and avoid highly processed foods, especially processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, deli meats, hot dogs, and ham when following any particular diet,” (Dr. Heather) Fields said.

That said, researchers at the Mayo Clinic also pointed out,  “the literature is surprisingly limited, considering the popularity of these diets and the claims of health benefits in the public press. Our review found no safety issues identified in the current literature, but patients considering low-carb diets should be advised there is very little data on long-term safety and efficacy.”

Interesting info based on research done right here in our state! Share your thoughts on the findings and whether you believe a low-carb diet could benefit people looking to shed a few pounds. Knowing what our members are doing and how their work could benefit Arizonans….is an important part of our long-term goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!



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