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Low-carb diets: abstaining from carbohydrates can affect life expectancy


Optimal nutrition: carbohydrates ensure a longer life
Low-carb is currently one of the most popular weight loss methods in Germany. Indeed, in a quick comparison, the low-carb is more effective than the low-fat diet. A new scientific study has now shown that the significant reduction in carbohydrates is by no means healthy. On the contrary: According to Australian researchers, a carbohydrate-rich diet is the most beneficial for a long life.

High-carbohydrate diet for a longer life
Although many people rely on the reduction of carbohydrates to lose weight, low-carb diets are usually not a good idea for health reasons. So-called ketogenic diets are even more problematic. Avoiding carbohydrates threatens health risks. Carbohydrates are better than their reputation anyway. Because a carbohydrate-rich diet supports the production of a hormone that curbs appetite, maintains health and is also considered to prolong life.

Production of the "fountain of youth" hormone is boosted
The Institute Ranke-Heinemann / Australian-New Zealand University Association reports on its website about new findings from scientists at the Charles Perkins Center at the University of Sydney, which show the importance of nutrition in relation to the production of the hormone Fibrolast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) - the so-called "fountain of youth" hormone.

The results published in the journal "Cell Metabolism" illustrate that an optimal diet with many carbohydrates stimulates the production of the hormone, which is considered to prolong life and can fight obesity.

FGF21 for the treatment of diabetes
Earlier studies had shown that FGF21 played an important role in curbing appetite, moderating metabolism, improving the immune system and extending life. Although the hormone is already used in the treatment of diabetes today, not much is known about how it is produced and distributed.

In order to study hormone production more closely in relation to nutritional intake, the scientists fed mice according to twenty-five different nutritional plans for their studies, reports the Ranke-Heinemann Institute. These differed in the amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and the energy content. The researchers then evaluated the nutrient content and investigated which compositions gave the best results with regard to the release of FGF21.

Most beneficial for our health
"Contrary to current trends of diets such as the" Paleo "diet, which prescribe a diet high in proteins and low in carbohydrates, the scientists observed that a contrary diet plan leads to a higher distribution of FGF21," the institute writes.

As a result, a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates is most beneficial to our health and longevity, said lead author Dr Samantha Solon-Biet. Decisive for a high release of the hormone is therefore the composition of the nutrient content and the associated balance between the protein and carbohydrate proportions.

Adjust nutrition even more precisely
Dr Solon-Biet also emphasized in this context that further studies on the activation of FGF21 will be essential for research on chronic diseases, because FGF21 can be the key to medication for the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Next, the exact signaling pathway of FGF21 had to be decoded in order to adjust our diet even more precisely and to take full advantage of the hormone. (ad)

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