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Was Ancel Keys an anomaly living to age 100?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2011 at 4:24 AM

He helped to popularize the lipid hypothesis and obviously therefore believed dietary cholesterol to be harmful.

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on July 24, 2011
at 10:17 AM

I don't know the answer, but I find your question very intriguing.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on July 24, 2011
at 08:20 AM

"Each 1 mmol/L increase in total cholesterol corresponded to a 15% decrease in mortality" ha!

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:39 AM

This is where the belief in reincarnation and karma comes in handy. Hopefully he ended up as grass fed beef on your plate!

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:15 AM

Please read this from Stephan Guyenet -

Key quote - As far as I can tell, most diet-health researchers don't take this theory seriously anymore because the evidence has simply failed to materialize. Dr. Walter Willett doesn't believe it, and even Dr. Ancel Keys didn't believe it.

Then read these from Chris Masterjohn (aka Masterhack)-

Key point - one should distinguish between the diet-heart hypothesis and the lipid hypothesis. Two related but very distinct concepts.

Your question of "was he anomaly" and "popularization of the Lipid Hypothesis" seems a bit disjointed. Having said that, to answer your question, I would say any centenarian (irrespective of their beliefs or malice in the falsification of data that shaped 50+ years of public policy to the detriment of many) is an anomaly.

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:33 AM

Yes he was, and I have data to prove it http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2897%2904430-9/abstract

No saying if his cholesterol was actually low, but I'm assuming he was testing it twice a day.

And anyone who can do what he did and not spontaneously combust from guilt and self-loathing is obviously very mentally healthy.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on July 24, 2011
at 08:20 AM

"Each 1 mmol/L increase in total cholesterol corresponded to a 15% decrease in mortality" ha!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 05:39 AM

This is where the belief in reincarnation and karma comes in handy. Hopefully he ended up as grass fed beef on your plate!

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