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One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life


​THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests.

Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six fewer deaths for every 1,000 people, researchers concluded.

"Weight loss by cutting calories with diets low in fat -- diets which also happened to be low in sugar and refined carbohydrates -- appears to reduce premature mortality for people who are obese," said study co-author Dr. Alison Avenell. She is clinical chair of health services research with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.