Keto diet is only recently becoming popular in India. More and more people are now aware of the potential benefits of the Keto diet and are at least giving it a try. But there are plenty who still think, keto diet is not a healthy diet and ketosis is an extreme state to be in for a human body. To remove all such doubts, I am presenting a compilation of various reviews of keto diet from doctors from around the world. Read through and find out yourself how these doctors have reviewed Keto diet.
WHAT LEADING DOCTORS THINK ABOUT KETOGENIC DIET
Dr. ERIC WESTMAN
According to Dr. Eric Westman, director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Duke University, ” In a clinical setting, a strict ketogenic diet would involve ultra-low carb consumption, like 20 or 30 grams a day”. Dr. Westman is Co-Founder of Adapt Your Life and Heal Clinics. He speaks about avoiding starchy foods: breads, pasta etc. According to him, a Ketogenic diet would reduce hunger and cravings that would prevent eating a lot! As per him, a true ketogenic diet would involve diet adjustment so that one reduces carbs to 5%, healthy fats to account for about 80% of calories, and protein around 20%. According to Dr. Westman, under the guidance of a doctor, a ketogenic diet can aid in the treatment of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. You can watch more about his talk here
Dr. ERIC J. CRALL
In the words of Dr. Eric. J. Crall, M.D, Family practice physician in Cheval, Florida, a ketogenic diet is very effective for weight loss. It also avoids highs and lows of energy and emotions associated with a normal diet and also helps control hunger pangs. The diet also supports the nervous system as this system prefers fats, hence, the diet can aid in the treatment of nervous disorders such as Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or seizures. You can watch his talk here
Dr. JOSH AXE
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS at Nashville who has also authored best sellers says that people who want to do a ketogenic diet should use healthy saturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, and omega 9 fats. It helps protect against cancer, fight off diseases of the nervous system and aid in weight loss. The diet involves consumption of 80% olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, palm oil, nuts and seeds followed by non-starchy vegetables and moderate amounts of protein containing food. The ketogenic diet on account of its High-fat, low-carb diets helps to decrease diminish hunger and also boost weight loss. Despite being high in fat, the ketogenic diet does not harm the cholesterol profile of the body; on the contrary, it decreases heart disease markers such as cholesterol and triglycerides.The diet, compared to a low-fat diet increases the lifespan of an individual.
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Dr. MICHEAL VANDERSCHELDEN
Dr. Micheal VanDerschelden, the author of The scientific guide to fasting and a key member of Bergman Family Chiropractic, Huntington Beach, mentions the Ketogenic diet can prevent and potentially cure cancer as the main energy source for cancer cells is glucose that comes from carbs/sugars and is consumed less in a ketogenic diet. Watch his talk here.
Dr. JANAK NATHAN
Dr. Janak Nathan, pioneer of ketogencic diet across Asia established the Asian Insitute of Ketogenic Diet (AIKD). His team advocates the efficacy of a ketogenic diet in the treatment of epilepsy. There are several testimonials as to the use of a ketogenic diet to bring down the numbers of seizures from a young patient with 1800 fits in a month to zero such episodes. Another disease that ketogenic diet works on successfully is a debilitation of the nervous system called Multiple Sclerosis. A patient with Multiple sclerosis had motor disabilities and inability to control his urine. Post the administration of a ketogenic diet his walking with a cane increased from 12.5m to 120m and his control of the urinary bladder increased to an hour from a previous value of fewer than 5 minutes. Here is his website.
Dr. LAUREN DEVILLE
The effectiveness of a keto diet has also been summarized by Dr. Lauren Deville from State of Arizona who has authored books like “10 Supplements everyone should have” and “How to be happy Body, mind, and spirit”. She states that her recommendation to beat diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, ALS, and Parkinson’s Disease would involve the ketogenic diet. You can read more here
Dr. ANNA CABECA
Dr. Anna Cabeca, double board-certified Ob-Gyn and Regenerative and Anti-Aging Medicine expert, and author of ” Restorative health method” is all for a ketogenic diet. She says that the diet works as the carbohydrate store of the body is kept near empty which causes the body to burn body fat as well as healthy fat consumed in the diet for energy. Here is her website
Dr. MARK HYMAN
A ten-time #1 New York Times best-selling author: Dr. Mark Hyman, MD holds several posts such as Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center as well as chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He says that one of the treatments of epilepsy is a high fat (70%) and 20% protein diet: a ketogenic diet. Additionally, the diet is effective in improving cognitive functions in several disorders such as patients with Alzheimer’s disease and autism. Watch more here
Dr. DAVID PERLMUTTER
A neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter also Fellow of the American College of Nutrition is a recipient of 2002 Linus Pauling Award and has authored a best seller titled “Grain Brain “. He talks about keeping the body in a state of ketosis. As a tool of research, a ketogenic diet helped in the cure of several neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and tumors in the brain.
Apart from these effects, the presence of high fat in the body causes the ketones produced to boost the levels of glutathione in the body; a molecule that has anti-oxidant properties. The ketones also increase the number of mitochondria in the body that are essentials in a cell. The presence of low levels of glucose in the body causes the inability of glycogen in the liver to be converted to glucose to energy causing ketosis in the body. This causes the body to burn off fat and keep the brain charged. Read more about him here.
Dr. JOSEPH MERCOLA
Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician by qualification received fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition (ACN) is also a bestselling author of books that include “The Great Bird Flu Hoax”, “The No-Grain Diet”, and “Effortless Healing.” He is of the opinion that a ketogenic diet is ideal for most people. The burning of fat instead of carbohydrates offers a dip in hunger and cravings and also boosts genes associated with longevity. He quotes a pilot study in 2005 where a ketogenic diet administered to women with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) caused significant reductions in weight as well as beneficial alterations in hormones such, LH/FSH ratio and fasting serum insulin over 6 months. In addition to previously mentioned neurological benefits, the ketogenic diet is also beneficial to neurological problems such as migraines and traumatic brain injuries. Other health benefits include improvement of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as well as Glycogen storage disease (GSD) and glucose transporter 1 (GLUT1) deficiency syndrome.
I hope you are now more aware of the potential benefits of Keto Diet based on the reviews by these highly qualified doctors. Keto diet has been used by thousands of people and has proved to be an effective diet for weight loss, mental clarity, and overall good health.