It’s a draw…or is it?
When Marvin Hagler fought Vito Antuofermo in 1979 for a world title shot, the 15 round match ended in a draw. But Hagler came back to defeat Antuofermo three years later, retaining his newly won WBC and WBA world middleweight titles.
A draw does not always mean that two opponents are truly equal. You can see this clearly in a Stanford Medicine study that looked at the pros and cons of keto diets versus Mediterranean diets for people with prediabetes or diabetes. The researchers wanted to see how each diet affected blood sugar levels, cardiometabolic risk factors, weight loss and nutrition, as well as whether people could stick to the diets. Keto is extremely low in carbs and high in fat; the Med diet is low in carbohydrates and fat, plant-based, and includes whole grains, olive oil, and fish.
After 12 weeks on the diet, the researchers found that the participants’ blood sugar levels and weight loss were more or less the same for each diet – a draw. But in a rematch? Heart-damaging LDL levels increased on the keto diet and decreased on the Med diet, and keto provided significantly fewer life-sustaining nutrients, including fiber; thiamin; vitamins B6, C, D and E; and phosphorus. Plus, keto was harder to stick to long-term. Add this data to another study, published in JAMA, which found that a Mediterranean diet helps prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged Hispanic and Latino adults, and we say the title of The healthiest diet clearly goes to the Mediterranean diet. It’s explained in my book “YOU: On a diet”.
Health pioneer Michael Roizen, MD, is director emeritus of wellness at the Cleveland Clinic and author of four New York Times #1 bestselling books. His next book is “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow”. Do you have a topic that Dr. Mike should address in a future column? If yes, please email [email protected]
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