Other Health Benefits

Before the ketogenic diet was released to the public, it was a medical practice in the 1920s, like we have stated here. Originally, it was used to treat Epilepsy, which causes seizures due to excessive brain activity. The ketogenic diet is a real lifestyle change but all for the better and here are some reasons why!

Metabolic Syndrome

While going public and having availability to more than just patients they found that it also helps with Metabolic syndrome which is also referred to as prediabetes. The ketogenic lifestyle may very well help with this by creating better cholesterol values, reduced blood sugar, as well as, reduced blood pressure.

Glycogen Storage Disease

Another is Glycogen storage disease which, folks with this lack one of the enzymes involved in storing glucose (blood sugar) as glycogen is trying to break down into Glucose.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

This is a disease for women; it is marked by hormonal dysfunction that often results in irregular periods and infertility. Many women with PCOS are obese and have a hard time losing weight. Women with PCOS are also at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes

Folks with diabetes often experience impressive reductions in blood sugar levels on a ketogenic diet. This is true of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This also goes to show that a very low-carb diet helps control blood sugar and may also provide other health benefits according to other studies.

Some Cancers But Not All

The ketogenic lifestyle has been suggested through scientific research that the keto diet along with traditional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery could greatly reduce the progression of several types of cancer.

Autism

The autism spectrum disorder or ASD stands for a condition characterized by having problems with communication, social interaction, and, in some cases, repetitive behaviors. Early research suggests the ketogenic lifestyle or ketogenic diet may be helpful for improving ASD behavior patterns. Research is still under review.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease or PD is a nervous system disorder characterized by low levels of the signaling molecule dopamine. This can cause tremors, having impaired posture, as well as, stiffness and difficulty walking and writing.

Obesity

Studies show that a very low-carb, ketogenic diet(s) are more effective for weight loss than calorie-restricted and/or low-fat diets. In 24-weeks a study of men who followed the ketogenic diet lost twice as much fat as men who ate a low-fat diet.

GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome

Glucose transporter 1 also known as GLUT1 deficiency syndrome. This is a rare genetic disorder that involves a deficiency of a special protein that helps move blood sugar into the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury (personally have and never heard of this)

A traumatic brain injury or TBI which is most commonly found with results from a blow to the head, a car accident, or a fall in which the head strikes the ground. This can cause physical function issues, memory problems, and a complete personality change further down the road of recovery. Unlike cells in most other organs, injured brain cells often recover at a very slow rate, if at all.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis or MS, this disease damages the protective covering of nerves. Then this leads to communication problems between the brain and body and symptoms from this include numbness along with balance problems, movement, vision and memory.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

This disease happens to be strongly linked with type 2 diabetes, as well as, metabolic syndrome and obesity. There’s evidence that NAFLD also improves on a very low-carb, ketogenic diet.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia. Which is characterized by tangles and plaques in the brain that impair memory. Interestingly enough, this disease appears to have common features of both epilepsy and type 2 diabetes. Which are seizures, the inability of the brain to properly use glucose, and inflammation which is linked to insulin resistance.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches usually involve severe pain, as well as, sensitivity to light and nausea. Studies suggest migraine headache symptoms often get improvement from living the ketogenic lifestyle.

Final thoughts

The ketogenic diet or lifestyle is being considered for use over several disorders due to the beneficial effects on a metabolic health and the nervous system. However, many of these impressive results come from individual case studies which need to go through a validation process. Through higher-quality research, including randomized controlled trials. So overall, moving to the ketogenic lifestyle, so far, doesn’t have any negative side effects.

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