Best of 2019: our top news posts

New year 2019 change to 2020 concept. Hand flip over wood cube block


Happy New Year, dear Diet Doctor reader! We’re here to help you start off the year on the right foot.

To do that, we want to first reflect on the past year and everything that we’ve learned. Are eggs good or bad? Can sugar be linked to cancer? What about keto crotch?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our most interesting, controversial, or surprising low-carb and keto news posts of 2019:

#10 — Low carb tribalism?

Butter. Pieces of butter in the hot pan top view

What started as a seemingly innocuous article on tribalism has sparked a firestorm of reaction from the low-carb community. Dr. Ethan Weiss (a cardiologist and follower of and financial investor in low-carb lifestyles) and Nicola Guess, RD, PhD published the article in STAT on May 9, 2019.

Low carb tribalism — human nature, not malicious propaganda

#9 — The Virta Health study


Can following a low-carb diet reverse type 2 diabetes long term by improving blood sugar control while reducing or eliminating diabetes medication?

The recent publication of Virta Health’s two-year clinical trial data answers that question with a resounding “yes”.

Virta Health publishes two-year data on low-carb diet for type 2 diabetes

#8 — Can we blame gout’s resurgence on ketosis?

Gout , Rheumatoid arthritis

“My toe hurts so bad, even looking at it is painful!” I was a third-year medical student when I heard the obese 50ish-year-old man screaming in the emergency room about his pain. At first I thought he must be overreacting to get better pain medicine.

Can we blame gout’s resurgence on ketosis?

#7 — Does low carb cause atrial fibrillation?

Atrial Fibrillation

I tried to ignore it, but I just can’t anymore. The misinformation being spread publicly needs clarification. Popular news articles are covering an observational study linking “low-carb” diets to atrial fibrillation, a potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder.

Inaccurate news stories suggest low carb causes atrial fibrillation

#6 — Are eggs bad for you?

Concept of individuality, exclusivity, better choice and winning.

Do you eat exactly the same way as you did in 1985? Do your friends, family and colleagues eat the same way they did? If so, then the latest study suggesting eggs are harmful may be of interest to you.

Eggs are bad – then good – then bad again? What gives?

#5 — Soldiers on a keto diet (study)

American Soldiers and US Flag. US troops

A new study has found that US soldiers on a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks lost much more weight, significantly improved their body composition and insulin sensitivity, but suffered no loss in physical performance compared to matched controls.

New military study: “Remarkable” results among soldiers on a ketogenic diet

#4 — High-carb Canadian food guidelines

The new canada food guide

The much-anticipated new Canada Food Guide has finally been released by the Canadian government. It represents significant changes — some good, some not — from the previous guide released 12 years ago.

The new Canada Food Guide: Once again high-carb, low-fat

#3 — Canadian doctors raising low-carb awareness

Food recomended on low carb diet or ketogenic diet

A dynamic group of Canadian doctors is spreading the message far and wide that a whole food, low-carbohydrate nutritional approach is much better for people’s health.

Canadian doctors rock awareness-raising about low-carb eating

#2 — ’Keto Crotch’: the latest myth?

Unhappy woman’s form double exposed with paint splatter effect

Recently, numerous articles have appeared simultaneously in popular women’s magazines about what has been called “keto crotch.” Many of those articles were accompanied by a picture of fish, just in case the readers’ virtual olfactory system needed some inspiration.

’Keto Crotch’: the latest myth?

#1 — Exploring the link between sugar, insulin, keto, and cancer

3d illustration of a cancer cell in the process of mitosis

These are exciting times for cutting-edge cancer research that is helping us better understand the role of glucose and insulin in cancer growth.

US researchers explore link between sugar, insulin, keto, and cancer