What you need to know about low carb diets (beyond weight loss)!

A recent review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition of the therapeutic uses of a very low carbohydrate diet revealed the following key points:

  1. Low carb or Ketogenic diets are categorized by a reduction in carbs to less than 50g/day and a relative increase in protein and fat.
  2. The diets have been in use since the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy and can, in some cases, completely remove the need for medication.
  3. Since the 1960s the diets have been the most common used to treat obesity
  4. The majority of recent studies demonstrate that the reduction of carbohydrates to levels to induce physiological ketosis can actually lead to significant benefits in blood lipid profiles reducing cardiovascular disease.
  5. Withdrawal of insulin and major weight loss occurred in a matter of weeks in type two diabetes individuals who were fed a very low carb diet.
  6. Significant reductions in fat mass, improvement in glycemic control, hemoglobin A1c and lipid markers as well as reduced use or withdrawal of insulin and other medications.
  7. Diabetes risk is directly correlated, in an apparently causative manner, with sugar intake alone independently of weight or sedentary lifestyle.
  8. Emerging data suggest a possible therapeutic utilization of ketogenic diets in multiple neurological disorders apart from epilepsy, headache, neurotrauma, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders, brain cancer, autism and multiple sclerosis.


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