|Research on the Benefits of Keto|
Evidence of Keto' Success
Elsevier Science Ltd. published a study in 2012 comparing a low carb diet to a low carb ketogenic diet (LCKD). They studied 363 patients for 24 weeks. Of those, 102 of them had type 2 diabetes. They were given the option to try a low carb diet or LCKD. They found that the ketogenic diet appears to improve glycemic control. Therefore, diabetic patients on a ketogenic diet should be under strict medical supervision because the LCKD can significantly lower blood glucose levels, however the diet is considered effective because it has been show to significantly improve diabetes symptoms.
More than 170 million people across the globe have diabetes and it’s expected to reach 366 million by 2030 if people don’t change their eating habits. After long term administration, the ketogenic diet has been shown to alter the cardiac risk factor in obese patients and has been effective in decreasing anti-diabetic medication dosage.
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Reduction of Chronic Inflammation
A 2017 study conducted at the University of California San Francisco found that reduced glucose metabolism activated a protein called CtBP which acted to suppress the activity of inflammatory genes. Lead researcher Raymond Swanson, MD, stated: “I was most surprised by the magnitude of this effect because I thought ketogenic diets might help just a little bit. But when we got these big effects… I thought wow, there’s really something here.”
Article from University of California SanFrancisc reports on how the ketogenic diet has helped to reduce inflammation. Image courtesy UCSF.
Visual Guide to the Ketogenic Process
Percentage of Patient Improvements Over Time