In her observation on AHS, Melissa McEwen observed that the old low-carbers in attendance have red puffy skin.
Is this true?
In other words, does her observation reflect an actual cause-and-effect relationship? If so, what is the mechanism?
Additionally, I wonder if those who seem to do best with LC should be concerned about problems that are implicated by or part of the red puffy skin phenomena.
Here is what Melissa said:
'It was interesting to observe that among the low-carbers, there seemed to be an epidemic of puffy red skin, particularly in older men. I'm sure the pictures, when they are posted, will make obvious who these people are. The ones who had health complexions like the Eades and Nora are those espousing a high-fat diet. It goes very well with some of the anthropological stuff I've been working on showing that almost all cultures that eat meaty diets are doing so because they have access to high-fat game. More of that in another post.'
Annie offers this reformulation, which I'm including because I think its really great:
'What are the long term effects of VLC? Hypothyroid, stomach cancer, and now the red face phenomenon among others have been noted as possibilities. Is VLC something only for the metabolically deranged? In other words, a lesser of two evils (obesity and diabetes being the alternative), or is it a healthy state of being?'