A ketogenic diet also has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term.
But there is very little research on the long-term impact of the Keto diet on the body. Some experts are concerned about the diet's impact on cholesterol as well as nutrient deficiencies. Cutting back on carbs, for example, also means cutting back on certain fruits and vegetables. Per Health.com's Amanda MacMillan:
That’s a concern, says Annette Frain, RD, program director with the Weight Management Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health, especially if someone is spending more than a few weeks on this type of diet. “Fruits and vegetables are good for us; they’re high in antioxidants and full of vitamins and minerals,” she says. “If you eliminate those, you aren’t getting those nutrients over time.”
The Keto diet seems to impact everyone differently, and although it can help accelerate weight loss in the beginning, nutritionists warn about weight-gain once the diet stops. Additionally, there are many possible long-term risks, which dieters should take into account before starting their journey:
Health experts worry about how a long-term keto-style diet can affect the heart and arteries. A not-yet-published study, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual Scientific Session, found that people on low-carb diets are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AFib) compared to those who eat moderate amounts of carbohydrates. AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder and raises the risk of stroke and heart failure.
In this episode of "Tell Me Everything," The Tylt sits down with Registered Dietician Nutritionist Whitney Catalano to learn about diet culture. If you want to learn more about developing a healthy relationship with food, watch below: