The ketogenic diet bears the burden of popularity

The ketogenic diet is one of today’s most controversial diets. Celebrities and pop culture increasinglyrave 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.

In fact, it has been usedfor over 100 years to treat childhood epilepsy. Significantly, this diet can reduce or stop seizures in many whose epilepsy resisted modern treatments. Numerousmedications and even surgery had failed to control seizures for these children and adults.   Luckily, the medical ketogenic diet can reduce or stop seizures in many whose epilepsy resisted modern treatments.

Popularity brought many different versions of keto

These proven results brought popularity, which brought more versions of the “ketogenic diet.” Pop culture and the media have turned low carbohydrate eating into a weight loss trend. This popularity has brought great recipes and useful meal plans. Unfortunately, it has also brought unreliable and false information.

Different variations of the ketogenic diet produce different medical benefits.

This variation in benefits is especially true for those using a keto diet to treat medical conditions. Distinguishing between trustworthy and untrustworthy sources of information can be difficult. Luckily, many of us in the medical community are dedicatedto using the best medical science to implementthis diet. We are conducting research to better understand the ketogenic diet.

  • What is it doing to the body?
  • What are its potential health-giving and disease-fighting properties?
  • How do individual diseases and disorders respond differentlyto variations of the ketogenic diet?
The list of possible medical indictions for this diet keeps expanding. For example:

My blogs provide an evidence-based discussion of how the ketogenic diet may help these different disorders. Links to other ketogenic organizations are under “Articles” in Information & Resources.

 

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