A Hugely Influential Study on the Mediterranean Diet Was Just Retracted
Diets aren’t really my thing. They never were. I tried Nutrisystem once and gained weight, not lost it. Total waste of money as far as I’m concerned about buying into any diet. I go with what my body wants, and my body loves carbs. I eat non-processed bread, lots of Cream of Wheat, some greens, and fruits, tons of omega-3’s…I could eat better but I’m happy the way my body tells me to do it for now.
That plus getting 30 minutes of exercise a day. I either use my Gazelle Edge and glide at around speed 7, or I do squats, walking lunges or lunges, and standing push-ups. I’m losing a lot of weight. I know, it’s totally against the rules of eating, but it works for me and helps my workouts. The more energy I get from carbs, the better. Perhaps in the future, I’ll switch to the Mediterranean diet because it caught my eye before. Right now I just make sure not to eat a lot of sugar and sweetener. That and my hypothyroidism don’t mix together well…
Mediterranean Diet Excerpt
“In 2013, the Mediterranean diet got an incredible vote of confidence from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that the diet cut people’s risk of heart disease by 30 percent. That’s interesting(ish) enough on its own, but the real attention-grabbing piece of it was this: The link between the Mediterranean diet and heart health was so obvious that the researchers stopped their study early. And this is one delicious diet, by the way, including up to seven glasses of wine a week. It sounded too good to be true.
Maybe it was. Earlier this summer, the NEJM retracted the study, citing problems with the randomization process — and that matters, because randomization is what allows researchers to draw a clear line between cause and effect. Following the retraction, the study authors in June published a new study drawing the same conclusion, but using softer language around the cause-and-effect factor. People who followed the Mediterranean diet did indeed see their risk for heart disease drop, but it’s not necessarily clear that the diet was responsible for this improvement.“