Is your low-carb diet ageing you? | Weekend – The Times

Google “popular midlife diet” and paleo, keto, Atkins and their like will inevitably pop up on your screen. We all know the basic drill: cut back on your carbs and pump up the protein intake. These regimens are a much-touted route to keeping midlife body and brain fit and young.

But what if these eating plans actually do the opposite and make us grow older faster? That’s the alarming conclusion from emerging studies, which warn how trendy diets are knocking years off our lives, rather than helping us shed unwanted pounds. It’s all down to the way that diet regimens affect the billions of microscopic creatures living inside our digestive systems. Gut bacteria suffer midlife crises too. Faddy diets seem to push them over the