The HillMediterranean Diet Associated With 23% Reduced Risk Of All-Cause Mortality Among Women, Study Finds (5/31, Suter ) reported, “The Mediterranean diet often consists of higher consumption of foods and ingredients like olive oil, fruits, fish, nuts, and vegetables, and lower consumption of red meat and sweets.” Women who maintain this diet “live significantly longer, according to a new study” published in JAMA Network Open. In the study, researchers wrote, “In this cohort study of women followed up for 25 years, higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a 23 percent reduced risk of all-cause mortality.”

If this approach lowers mortality by 23%, then the keto approach will lower it by over 100%! If there had been a category for the keto nutrition approach and enough women available for data collection, we would see this result. This is based on our assessments of patient improvements, looking at parameters of weight loss and improvements in blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and high blood pressure between the two approaches. Mortality is related to insulin exposure over a lifetime (as seen in insulin-requiring diabetes), and the Mediterranean diet, while somewhat better, does not lower insulin levels as much as the keto nutrition approach. Therefore, we would expect multiple times better success with the keto approach compared to the Mediterranean approach. Remember also that the Europeans who were initially studied for the Mediterranean diet walk everywhere and are not engaged in the exercise revolution behavior that women in America are engaged with. All these factors are important to overall health.