Ketogenic diets are being considered beneficial in several health disorders because of their potential beneficial effects on metabolic health and the nervous system.
Everyone has heard of the Keto (Ketogenic) Diet. Its main popularity is as a weight-loss tool. However, many people don’t realize that It can also be beneficial for other health issues. This diet is based on eliminating carbs (simple sugars) and increasing fats (preferably only healthy fats).
Personally, I am not completely sold on the idea, as I think the body does need fibre and complex (healthy) carbohydrates like whole grain, brown rice, whole oats/ So I have come to the conclusion that the Keto Diet (or a modified keto) could be beneficial on a short-term basis for weight loss and the following health issues.
Cancer: Still one of the leading causes of death, Cancer cells love sugar. Scientific research indicates that some types of cancer are helped by eliminating sugar. Elevated blood sugars, obesity and type 2 diabetes are linked to breast and other cancers, so restricting carbs to lower blood sugar and insulin levels may help prevent tumor growth. Studies in mice show that Keto diets may also reduce the progression of cancer to other areas of the body. If you have cancer, please talk to your GP, oncologist and naturopath about a combination of traditional therapies that may also include Keto. There is an excellent book on the topic of Keto for cancer called Any Way You Can by Dr. Annette Bosworth.
Diabetes: Consumption of carbs & sugars requires the pancreas to produce insulin to convert the simple sugars into energy that the body can use (blood sugar). Eating a diet high in carbs and sugar eventually causes the pancreas to become tired, and/or the body may become insulin resistant. People with diabetes or metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious disorders related to insulin resistance. Keto can offer positive changes in abdominal obesity, triglycerides, cholesterol values, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, please consult your physician before embarking on this diet.