The ketogenic diet is arguably one of the most controversial diets today. Celebrities and pop culture are increasingly raving about this diet, yet healthcare professionals and organizations, such as the American Heart Association, are warning of dire consequences from this diet. Surprisingly, the ketogenic diet is not new. In fact, it has been used for over 100 years to treat childhood epilepsy. This diet can stop or greatly reduce seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy when all modern interventions, including numerous medications and even surgery, fail to control their seizures. Increasingly, there are more and more versions of the “ketogenic diet,” but they are not all the same, and almost certainly don’t produce the same medical benefits. Pop culture and the media have turned ketogenic diets into a weight loss trend, and while this has helped to disseminate some very useful sources of information, such as great recipes and meal plans, unfortunately, it has also led to the dissemination of unreliable and false information, especially when using this diet to treat medical conditions. Distinguishing between trustworthy and untrustworthy sources of information can be difficult. However, many of us in the medical community are dedicated to implementing this diet using the best medical science, and conducting research to try to better understand what this diet is doing to the body and further understand the potential health-giving and disease-fighting properties of this diet.
Different diseases and disorders respond differently to the ketogenic diet and the different variations of the diet. The following disorders are included in an increasingly expanding list of possible medical indications for this diet:
See my blogs on an evidence-based discussion of how the ketogenic diet may help these different disorders.
You will find links to other ketogenic organizations under “Articles” in this section, “information & Resources”.