Study Abstracts vs Study Details

Sometimes a study’s abstract doesn’t reflect the results. Here’s one example (Am J Clin Nutr. 1996 Feb;63(2):174-8. Similar weight loss with low- or high-carbohydrate diets. Golay A1, Allaz AF, Morel Y, de Tonnac N, Tankova S, Reaven G.). The abstract states:

There was no significant difference in the amount of weight loss in response to diets containing either 15% (8.9 +/- 0.6 kg) or 45% (7.5 +/- 0.5 kg) carbohydrate.

The actual results table shows a difference:

The Lower Carb (15%) resulted in:

  • Larger weight loss (8.3% vs 7.4%)
  • Larger fat loss (17.7% vs 16.8%)
  • Larger reduction in waist-to-hip ratio (0.3 vs 0.2)

The Lower carb diet also resulted in improved:

  • Fasting plasma glucose  decreased significantly
  • insulin  decreased significantly
  • cholesterol  decreased significantly
  • triacylglycerol concentrations  decreased significantly

Low carb for the win again!

Author: Doug

I'm an Engineer who is also a science geek. I was pre-diabetic in 1996 and became a diabetic in 2003. I decided to figure out how to hack my diabetes and in 2016 found the ketogetic diet which reversed my diabetes.

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