KETOGENIC DIET AND METABOLIC, NEUROLOGICAL AND INSULIN RELATED DISEASES
Ketogenic diets (keto diet) are low-carb, high-fat diets which offer a multitude of health benefits. It has been proven by over 20 studies that keto diets are known to aid in weight loss and improve overall health and body wellness. In fact, it is known that keto diets may prove to keep metabolic, neurological and insulin related diseases under control.
Metabolic diseases and ketogenic diets
It is very common for individuals suffering from obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes to come under risk to certain metabolic syndromes such as 1) High blood pressure 2) High blood sugar levels 3) Abdominal obesity (LOTS of belly fat) 4) High levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol 5) Low levels of “good” LDL cholesterol. Luckily many of these risk factors can be improved and even eliminated with a little effort put into lifestyle and nutrition changes. One study showed that only after a mere two weeks on a keto diet insulin sensitivity had a drastic rise of 75%. Another study that took place for 16 weeks showed an amazing 16% reduction in blood sugar levels! Amazing what a little nutritional dieting can do right! Ketogenic diets prove to help lower and even eliminate the risk of metabolic syndrome for individuals suffering from diseases such as heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
Neurological related diseases and ketogenic diets
It has come to be known that keto diets can potentially treat neurological disorders by improving cellular metabolism. Did you know, that the original created purpose for ketogenic diets were to treat pediatric epilepsy. Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that is characterized by abnormal brain cell activity which leads to reoccurring seizures. According to studies there was a near 60% success rate in patients that used keto diets as a way to control their seizures. Additionally, inducing ketosis through keto diets have been known to improve symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). People with AD are characterized by a decline in memory and language. Similarly, with other neurological diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Migraines keto diets are known to possibly reduced neurological impact. Although there is proof that keto diets help people suffering from neurological related diseases. Much more research will be needed before a conclusion can be made.
Insulin related disease and ketogenic diets
Ketogenic diets have also been known to positively help individuals suffering from insulin related diseases such as diabetes. In a person suffering from diabetes their body is not able to help in bringing glucose from the blood to cells for energy. This means that the body’s inability to use carbohydrates, often causes sugar to be high in the blood. This is where the keto-diet comes in to play, it has known to be of help to people suffering from diabetes because the main aim of keto-diets is to limit the intake of carbohydrates. Research has suggested that following the keto diet might help individuals suffering from diabetes improve glycemic control and also reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals who do not have it!
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