Study Examines The Heart Risks And Benefits Of Ketogenic Diet

With diets like keto and intermittent fasting, social and popular media has been flooded with claims, promises and warnings that are at best unverified and at worst harmful.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting have potential for the treatment of diabetes. However, the authors of the study also clarified that more research is needed to know the exact effect of this diet and fasting.

The research involved detailed works which examined every aspect to each dietary approach. After the completion of their study they listed some side effects of various dietary approach.

With keto, the researchers reported some red flags such as fat and the amount of it, consumed by individuals who follow the diet.

Previous studies had linked Keto diet with a stiffening of the arteries.

When it comes intermittent fasting, the biggest problem this approach is that many individuals might overeat once done with their fasting.

Organ function can also be adversely affected if frequency of such fasting increases.

“With diets like keto and intermittent fasting, social and popular media has been flooded with claims, promises and warnings that are at best unverified and at worst harmful to your health,” co-author Andrew Freeman, MD, director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness for National Jewish Health, said in a statement. “

“Diets recommended by health experts, such as plant-based and Mediterranean diets, have been extensively studied for safety and efficacy, and demonstrated conclusively to improve cardiovascular health.”

In keto diet, one follows a very low carbohydrate dietary approach. This diet lead to a metabolic state which is mostly fueled by fat. Glucose has a very little role to play in this metabolic state.

So far we have only limited works on the effect of the Keto diet. Some of these studies revealed that those who follow it initially lose weight. However, they also found that this positive effect is sustainable in the long run. Furthermore, there is no clear evidence on keto’s role in the reduction of weight. Such weight loss may also be caused by calorie restriction.

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Researchers also have concerns about the type and amount of fat consumed by those following a keto diet.

However, they also discovered that keto diet has a potential to treat diabetes. Researchers are also optimistic about potential health benefits of intermittent fasting, but are concerned about possible pitfalls. There are a wide range of practices being called “intermittent fasting”, with some fasting without food an entire day and others restricting meals to certain hours of the day.

“The potential risks of intermittent fasting that require further study include effects of starvation and how it may impact organ function,” Dr. Freeman said. “It is particularly important for diabetics to speak with their doctor before trying intermittent fasting to discuss how to control their disease and the risk of hypoglycemia that may come with skipping regular meals.”

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