Ketogenic diets have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years. When combined with intermittent fasting, this diet has serious health benefits. Benefits of a keto diet include: weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, and possibly a reduction in your risk of cancer. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation, although this may be more from the decrease in sugar consumption versus the actually diet. Although the benefits can be great, is this a safe diet for everyone.
One size does not fit all, and apparently the ketogenic diet is another eating plan that comes in various sizes. This diet is dangerously close to the Atkins diet. When administered correctly, this diet can be very beneficial. Although, if you eat too many of the wrong fats this diet may hurt your health.
So who should be careful about ketogenic diets? A recent study found in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that individuals with Psoriasis should think twice before starting a ketogenic diet.
Ketogenic diets that are high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), especially when combined with fish oil, nuts, and seeds, exacerbated psoriasis. MCTs come from coconut oils, palm kernel oils, and dairy. Ketogenic diets that focused more on long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) did not exacerbate skin inflammation. LCTs are typically found more prevalent in the Mediterranean Diet which consists of olive oil, fish, nuts, and avocados.
This does not indicate that ketogenic diets can lead to skin inflammation, but individuals who have an inflammatory skin condition should be careful when starting this diet.
Should You Try a Ketogenic Diet?
Consult with a primary care physician, naturopath, or homeopathic physician before starting any new diet plan. Always be sure to monitor any new diet plan closely and report abnormal reactions to your primary care physician. There are plenty of great diet plans available. Pick one that works for you. The right diet combined with exercise will yield the best results.
Dr Spencer Charlet
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