Top five medical journal articles of 2018

medical journal articles 2018

What review and viewpoint pieces are prominent medical journals choosing to publish these days? In 2018, we saw many low carb-friendly articles get ink.

Here are our five favorite perspectives:

  1. Jennifer Abbasi in JAMA:
    Interest in the ketogenic diet grows for weight loss and type 2 diabetes
  2. Dr. David Ludwig and Cara B. Ebbeling in JAMA Internal Medicine:
    The carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity — Beyond “calories in, calories out”
    (Top-viewed article of the year in JAMA Internal Medicine.)
  3. Dr. John Ioannadis in JAMA:
    The challenge of reforming nutritional epidemiologic research
  4. Gary Taubes in BMJ:
    What if sugar is worse than just empty calories?
  5. Dr. Fiona Godlee in BMJ
    Pills are not the answer to unhealthy lifestyles
An honorable mention goes to these two consensus pieces that came out of the Swiss Re conference this summer. They are longer but worth reading:

What lies ahead for 2019? More interest in alternative paradigms among doctors and scientists as we search for options in the fight against chronic disease.


  1. Janet
    It would be nice to be able to read these but they are hidden behind pay walls. All the ones I was interested in anyway.
    Reply: #2
  2. Julie
    I believe if you are able to find an email address for the author they will send it to you for free. Authors are usually happy to share their work, it’s the journal which keeps the fee to read.
  3. Sandra Hunsberger
    Disappointing. Unable to access....bec of fees! Wanting to spread info to fam/friends re lchf asap....still so many uninformed.
    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Unfortunately we have no control over the fees that they charge. If you go to Virta Health's website, they do an excellent job of summing up the keto research that's been done.
  5. Janice
    Turn to a library. Big hospitals, teaching hospitals, and medical schools have medical libraries and databases. Call to see if you can visit and print articles. Public libraries might have well-known journals, even online for access from home. Sorry this answer is mostly for city dwellers.
  6. Arlene
    Just want to second what Janice said. Libraries, particularly academic (college) libraries, may subscribe to databases that give you access to some of these articles. I teach at a community college, and our database gives me access to the BMJ articles (but not the JAMA articles). Try the PubMed and/or Medline databases. For the most part, any member of the public can walk into a college library and use the computers to access the databases (you won't be able to do it from home unless you are a teacher or student with an id number). Some colleges or universities may require an id to gain physical access to the library--but mine doesn't.

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