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Low Carb High Fat eating and Health

General health related news and LCHF news...
This is a blog of various articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on this topic with about 3 to 9 posts per month in this group. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.



  • Danie van der Merwe
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    What is LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) Way of Eating?

    It involves eating more natural & good fats and few carbohydrates.

    There are four sources of energy for the human body:

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Carbohydrate
    * Alcohol

    According to the mainstream Food Pyramid, it is recommended that we eat mostly by carbs, a little protein and very less fat – as energy for our body. But in LCHF WOE (Way of Eating), the main source of energy is fat, not carbohydrate. "Main" does not mean "only" and nor does it mean ...  more
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    Physicians make a strong case for official low-carb advice to the advisory committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    Last week, ten physicians traveled to Washington, D.C. to tell their stories of low-carb success with patients. Each doctor delivered a 3 minute public comment to the advisory committee for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This committee will help shape the 2020 edition of the dietary guidelines. This historic push from some of the doctors in our low-carb community ...  more
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    Researchers challenge WHO draft recommendations on saturated fat restriction because all fats are not equal and metabolise differently

    In draft recommendations published in May of 2018, the WHO proposed that cutting saturated fat intake to less than 10% of daily calories might greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death from non-infectious disease. This works out to about 22 grams of saturated fat per day for someone consuming 2,000 calories daily.

    Recently, a...  more
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    Virta Health publishes two-year data on low-carb diet versus usual diabetes care for type 2 diabetes

    Can following a low-carb diet reverse type 2 diabetes long term by improving blood sugar control while reducing or eliminating diabetes medication?

    The recent publication of Virta Health’s two-year clinical trial data answers that question with a resounding “yes”.

    Some of the outcomes:
    * Nearly half (53%) of participants were considered to have reversed their diabetes, meaning their blood sug...  more
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    Up to 25 cups of coffee a day still safe for heart health, study funded in part by the British Heart Foundation says

    Coffee lovers might be able to breathe a sigh of relief -- a new study found that drinking even large amounts of the caffeinated beverage won't stiffen arteries and harm your heart.

    Aficionados have been getting mixed messages about their favorite drink, with some research suggesting that drinking coffee can improve health while other studies advise people to cut down on their c...  more
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    The guide for doctors sceptical of low carb - By Dr. Bret Scher, MD

    Low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) nutrition saw a popular resurgence in 2018 as the ketogenic diet was the most “googled” diet of the year. Probably you’ve heard about it many times, including from patients.

    Of course, low-carb eating isn’t new. The whole foods that compose a low-carb diet are similar to what humans have been eating for thousands of years. The recent popularity of low-carb diets, however, has come with a new scientifi...  more
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    Non-invasive glucose monitor EasyGlucose takes home Microsoft’s Imagine Cup and $100K

    EasyGlucose takes advantage of machine learning’s knack for spotting the signal in noisy data, in this case the tiny details of the eye’s iris. It turns out, as creator Brian Chiang explained in his presentation, that the iris’s “ridges, crypts, and furrows” hide tiny hints as to their owner’s blood glucose levels.

    These features aren’t the kind of thing you can see with the naked eye (or rather, on the naked...  more
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    Obesity: Study of 2.8 million shows increased disease and death risks

    A major study has highlighted the scale of the obesity problem in the UK, with a significant risk of death and disease attached to weight gain.

    People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30-35 were at 70% higher risk of developing heart failure than their healthy weight peers (18.5-25 BMI).

    The study of 2.8 million adults showed even slightly overweight people were twice as likely to get Type 2 diabetes.

    The study's author, Ch...  more
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    Multivitamins Are a Waste of Money for Most People - Research suggests that taking vitamin supplements isn’t helpful unless you’re working with your doctor to address a specific deficiency

    Most of us want to get healthy and stay healthy. Whether you have a specific health or fitness goal or your goal is to achieve that nebulous thing, “wellness,” chances are you’ve thought about taking a multivitamin before. About a third of American adults say they take multivitamins, according to the National...  more
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    American Diabetes Association endorses low-carb diet as an option

    A recent consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with diabetes be offered individualized medical nutrition therapy, rather than be given the “one-size-fits-all” advice to count carbohydrates and restrict calories. Included in options that should be offered to patients are low-carbohydrate diets.

    This is a major change from previous guidance from the ADA stating that “Low-carbohydra...  more
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    People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps with a security flaw which can be hacked to create a DIY artificial pancreas for patients with type 1 diabetes

    In 2014, a few hackers realized that the security flaw in certain Medtronic pumps could be exploited for a DIY revolution. Type 1 diabetes is a disease where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin to control blood sugar. For years, Boss had counted, down to the gram, the carbohydrates in every meal and told his pump how much insulin to d...  more
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    What to Do When Your Allergy Meds Stop Working - Happens to me a few times a year and worth noting air pollution also now plays a role

    I used to be a guinea pig for my doctor when I was younger and went through every known new type of anti-allergy remedy including asthma nasal sprays. Back then some were pretty potent and would basically knock me out. But the linked article below does give some pretty sensible and solid advice as far as medicine choices go (it does not delve into alternative tr...  more