In the last post ( found right here ) we wrote about various medical conditions that a ketogenic diet probably won’t be the best of help with. We thought why not switch it up and mention the flip side of that same coin, let’s talk about some conditions that keto just may actually be able to help you with!
Epilepsy In Children
Initially the ketogenic diet was used to help children who suffer from this neurological disorder as it can provide a more stable source of fuel to the brain while acting as a sort of anticonvulsant. Keto has shown to be particularly helpful for those children who don’t respond particularly well to medication alone. A reduction of up to 50% in seizures has been documented in some patients and no matter which way you put it, that’s a fantastic result for simply altering one’s diet.
Type 2 Diabetes
There is still debate on which type of diet is best for helping those of us who live with type 2 diabetes to lose weight. Do to the lowering effect a keto diet has on insulin production within the body it’s sometimes recommended that a keto diet be followed in order to reduce blood glucose spikes thanks to the low carb requirement of this diet. There is research to suggest that keto may be helpful for type 2 diabetes but long term research is still in the works. As always, it’s important to consult your doctor before doing any major shifts in your diet when working with diabetes.
If you haven’t heard this term before then it may be worth looking into it a bit. Among some of the more prominent factors you have abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and triglycerides as well as blood sugar topped with low HDL among others. A major factor which plays into this syndrome is a resistance to insulin which means getting it under control is a good way to help reduce your own risk for developing metabolic syndrome.
A very large proponent of obesity is insulin resistance which keto has been shown to help better regulate. Obesity places you at a higher risk for developing blood sugar issues like type 2 diabetes. During testing done in 2016 patiences who had been on a keto diet for two years had shown positive results in shedding extra weight as well as belly fat. A ketogenic diet can help to preserve lean body mass as the fat begins to melt off you. It can help prevent a metabolic slowdown which has been known to cause re-gaining of weight which is also a great benefit.
The following conditions each have a lack of deeper research so they are all to be taken with a grain of salt and considered more ‘maybe’ than anything definitive.
Research suggests that a keto diet has anti-inflammatory effects on the body which could possibly lend itself to helping prevent gout. The research on this is very much still preliminary so it’s not quite recommended to jump into ketosis for this reason alone, however it’s still something which has shown to be potentially beneficial.
Epilepsy in Adults
Do to it’s restrictive nature with regard to protein, the epilepsy foundation suggests that a keto diet may not be optimal for adults who are dealing with this neurological obstacle. Instead, they recommend a modified version of the Atkins diet as it’s still similar enough to a ketogenic diet without some of the hard & fast restrictions. This is something to bring up at your doctor’s office if you are an adult who is dealing with seizures in order to get a more professional opinion and guidance on the matter. It of course will help to work with a doctor who is more well versed in such matters.
Once again thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects the keto diet has on one’s body it’s also been suggested migraines could be reduced while on this diet. This is not a magic bullet by any means and you will absolutely want to talk with your medical professional if you suffer from constant and severe headaches but there is research to suggest keto could be helpful in alleviating chronic migraines.