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But what is the keto diet all about?



As the Keto Diet Summit is at its end, just they are extending a day for the sale of all the expert talks,

I thought to do a little general looking about as to what is all the fuss about?

According to https://www.diabetes.co.uk/keto/

What is the ketogenic diet?

A ketogenic diet is a very low-carb diet, considered to be when you eat a level of carbohydrate of around 30g of carbohydrates per day or below.

This encourages the body to get its energy from burning body fat which produces an energy source known as ketones.

The diet helps to lower the body’s demand for insulin which has benefits for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

How a ketogenic diet works

On a ketogenic diet, blood glucose levels are kept at a low but healthy level which encourages the body to break down fat into a fuel source known as ketones.

The process of breaking down or ‘burning’ body fat is known as ketosis.

People on insulin will typically require smaller doses of insulin which leads to less risk of large dosing errors.

The diet helps burn body fat and therefore has particular advantages for those looking to lose weight, including people with prediabetes or those otherwise at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The diet has also shown evidence of having benefits on:

  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Reducing triglyceride levels
  • Raising HDL cholesterol levels (a good sign of heart health)
  • Improving mental performance

Epilepsy and seizure disorders

The ketogenic diet is one of the medically accepted treatment for chronic seizures in epilepsy and other epileptic disorders, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. [220]

Research has shown that it helps reduce the frequency of seizures in children.

Cancer

By producing a state of ketosis, the ketogenic diet may have a role in helping to treat aggressive metastatic cancers and brain tumours that are not treated effectively with standard care alone.

Sugar is a fuel source which can feed cancer and insulin is essentially a growth hormone. The ketogenic diet can dramatically reduce carbohydrate, which helps reduce blood sugar and the amount of insulin in the body.

The theory states that this cuts down on the amount of sugar and insulin that certain cancers rely on and that malignant tumours can’t adapt readily to using ketones instead of sugar like normal tissue can. This is part of the Warburg effect. [222]

Whilst this is the theory, no significant studies have been run that have shown whether or not this effect occurs in practice and there is some evidence to suggest that cancers may adapt to using ketones. [223]

As a result, the benefits of a ketogenic diet on cancer is still an unknown area.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often manifests itself as the inability of certain regions of the brain to use sugar as a fuel. Thus, researchers are investigating whether uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, where too much sugar remains in the blood, could damage the brain and contribute to the development of AD.

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