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Ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fueling brain-function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures

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Common but easily treatable short-term side effects include constipation, low-grade acidosis and hypoglycaemia if there is an initial fast. Raised levels of lipids in the blood and cholesterol levels also occur. Anaerobic performance is reduced with ketogenic diet. However, aerobic endurance exercise by well-trained athletes was not compromised by four weeks of ketosis

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Ketogenic diet Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Fat Oxidation Musculoskeletal outcome
Fat Oxidation
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Sleep Musculoskeletal outcome
Sleep
Musculoskeletal

Minor Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

LDL Lymphatic outcome
LDL
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Insulin Resistance Lymphatic outcome

Minor Increase

Needs research

3 studies

Visceral fat Digestive outcome
Visceral fat
Digestive

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

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