Every now and then I'm reminded of something that kind of bugs me about LC diet promoters. There simply aren't many long term low carbers in our general population (as a percent). So when I see these long term meta studies looking at correlations between various biomarkers and CVD, for example, I wonder how this translates to someone who follows a low carb diet for the long run. Real life examples ... people who may have yo-yo'd a bit with LC as well. Do the low fasting trigs of a low carber correlate with reduced CVD? But I hold no illusions that some meta study will be done following thousands of low carbers. (Still, I can dream)
In the absence of that, the next best thing would be for prominent "leaders" in the field to share their personal experience/results. So it's always bothered me a little bit that Dr. Atkins didn't leave instructions for an autopsy to be made public. After all, what better vindication of low carbing can one imagine than Atkins possessing clean arteries (or at least arteries similar to those of others)? This would have definitively been Dr. Atkins last laugh at the medical establishment. I can only be left to wonder that either Dr. A didn't practice what he preached, or he had misgivings regarding its impact on his CV system.
No ... I'm not a Dr.A died of a heart attack conspiracy theorist. But I do think that there is/was value in prominent long term low carbers sharing their actual "results".