Dr. Mehta is on hand to help us work out which research is worthy of our attention!
Which studies should I believe?
There are so many studies being quoted all over the place! One recommends a certain level of drinking but another study negates it. There's some excitement about dairy being harmful, followed by statements that it isn't! How do we know what to believe? What should we embrace and strive towards?
Dr. Mehta's guide on how to differentiate reliable studies about human health, from those that are not
What are the characteristics of a good study?
- a large study with thousands of participants is important for population based studies
- duration - to study people over a number of years to analyse the pros and cons of their diet or lifestyle
- those being studied should be similar - researchers should take account of participant's socio-economic status, and whether they exercise, drinking or smoke etc.
- studies should be on humans, rather than the results being extrapolated from research involving test tubes
- the results should be clinically relevant, and they should look at diseases, survival and death rates
Here's a short video of Dr. Mehta explaining the points listed above.
Are you ready to listen to statistically significant results from research focusing on diet and better health? If so, have a look at the playlist here.
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- Dr. Michael Greger