Study: High Fat Saves Lives

Study: High Fat Saves Lives

Every so often a study comes out that breaks the convention. This month a large study of how diet effects mortality was released in the medical Journal, The Lancet. This study looked at over 135,000 people over 10 years.

The bottom line, people eating higher carbohydrates have higher mortality.  Low fat diet also increases mortality.  In other words, people who eat more fat live longer.  The sweet spot for fat is 35% of your total calories.

I quoted the study below.  I did a podcast on this topic a while back called Eating to Get Fat.  I explore why fat does not make you fat.  –Dr. A

 

they found that people eating high quantities of carbohydrates, which are found in breads and rice, had a nearly 30% higher risk of dying during the study than people eating a low-carb diet.

And people eating high-fat diets had a 23% lower chance of dying during the study’s seven years of follow-up compared to people who ate less fat.

The results, say the authors, point to the fact that rather than focusing on fat, health experts should be advising people to lower the amount of carbohydrates they eat. In the study, which involved 135,000 people from 18 different countries, the average diet was made up of 61% carbohydrates, 23% fat and 15% protein. In some countries, like China, south Asia and Africa, however, the amount of carbohydrates in the diet was much higher, at 63% to 67%. More than half of the people in the study consumed high-carbohydrate diets.

Source: Low Carb Diet vs. Low Fat Diet: Research Offers a New Answer | Time.com

Reduction in stress can be a migraine trigger

The weekend headache can happen the day after a stressful week. That is truly a slap in the face.

The day you plan to relax can become a day of suffering. Managing things that cause stress is one key. The biggest chiropractic connection is the reversed cervical curve. Make sure to get your neck check if you ever experience a headache. Don’t cover up with medications. –Dr. A

Objective: To test whether level of perceived stress and reductions in levels of perceived stress (i.e., “let-down”) are associated with the onset of migraine attacks in persons with migraine.

Methods: Patients with migraine from a tertiary headache center were invited to participate in a 3-month electronic diary study. Participants entered data daily regarding migraine attack experience, subjective stress ratings, and other data. Stress was assessed using 2 measures: the Perceived Stress Scale and the Self-Reported Stress Scale. Logit-normal, random-effects models were used to estimate the odds ratio for migraine occurrence as a function of level of stress over several time frames.

Results: Of 22 enrolled participants, 17 (median age 43.8 years) completed >30 days of diaries, yielding 2,011 diary entries including 110 eligible migraine attacks (median 5 attacks per person). Level of stress was not generally associated with migraine occurrence. However, decline in stress from one evening diary to the next was associated with increased migraine onset over the subsequent 6, 12, and 18 hours, with odds ratios ranging from 1.5 to 1.9 (all p values < 0.05) for the Perceived Stress Scale. Decline in stress was associated with migraine onset after controlling for level of stress for all time points. Findings were similar using the Self-Reported Stress Scale.

Conclusions: Reduction in stress from one day to the next is associated with migraine onset the next day. Decline in stress may be a marker for an impending migraine attack and may create opportunities for preemptive pharmacologic or behavioral interventions.

Source: Reduction in perceived stress as a migraine trigger