The ketogenic diet bears the burden of popularity
The ketogenic diet is one of today’s most controversial diets. Celebrities and pop culture increasingly rave about low carbohydrate eating. Yet, others are warning of dire consequences. This includes healthcare professionals and organizations such as the American Heart Association.
Surprisingly, the ketogenic diet is not new.
Popularity brought many different versions of keto
Ketogenic Diet Variations
- Classic Ketogenic Diet – 4:1 or 3:1 ratio of fat grams: protein + carb grams.
- Fasting and Intermittent Fasting
- MCT Ketogenic Diet (medium chain triglycerides)
Medical Ketogenic Diet
The version of the Keto diet that appears to work for serious psychiatric disorders is the strict medical version (3:1 or 4:1 ratio), the same one used in treating pediatric epilepsy. This version of the diet should be medically prescribed and monitored, as it is very difficult to do and has serious risks, as well as potential benefits. Levels of ketones, glucose, and body weight all impact the effectiveness of the diet. Additionally, medications often need to be adjusted, as new side effects can emerge when people are in ketosis, and some medications can interfere with the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet by increasing blood glucose levels and preventing ketosis, so they may need to be safely reduced or stopped. Adjusting psychiatric medications can sometimes be very dangerous, and should only be done with medication supervision and monitoring. Finally, when starting the ketogenic diet, people can experience hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, weakness, dizziness, and other worrisome symptoms, which all need to be monitored and safely managed by a skilled medical team.
Different variations of the ketogenic diet produce different medical benefits.
What is it doing to the body?
What are its potential health-giving and disease-fighting properties?
How do individual diseases and disorders respond differently to variations of the ketogenic diet?