The Ketogenic Diet’s Potential Risks

These are some of the most interesting and eye-catching aspects of the Keto diet. For your enjoyment, we’ll bring some darkness out. This way of eating is not only beneficial to your health, but it can also cause health problems for you. You should be aware of the risks associated with this diet. The following are some examples:

Affecting the Kidney

There are many dangers associated with this. The Keto diet relies heavily on animal products like eggs, meat, and cheese. These foods can put a strain on your kidneys and increase the risk of developing kidney stones if you eat a lot of them. Your blood and urine would become more acidic as a result of this.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Keto diet restricts carbs, which makes it difficult for you to meet your daily fiber intake. This diet excludes starchy vegetables, whole grains, and beans because they contain too many carbohydrates. Constipation or digestive issues could result if you keep up this diet for a long period of time. The gut is also linked to a number of other health issues, since it is responsible for regulating the body’s overall health.

Deficiencies in the nutrients

This diet also has a major drawback: it restricts a wide range of foods. Particularly fruit, whole grains, and legumes, which have a high concentration of vitamins and minerals.

Inflammation of the Bones

The Keto diet has been linked to a decrease in bone density. As your body adapts to ketosis, bone mineral density decreases, which may be a contributing factor. In recent studies, it has been found that people on this diet have lower bone density than those who consume more carbohydrates.

A higher chance of developing chronic illness and dying early.
The Keto diet is no exception; it only works for a limited time period. Chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer are still unknown if you stick with it for a long period of time. Even so, there is some evidence to suggest that low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets based on animal sources of fat and protein can have detrimental health effects.

According to our findings, there is no reason not to follow a Ketogenic diet. Among those who suffer from diabetes, obesity, and a sluggish metabolism, this diet has become an increasingly popular option. However, if you are an athlete who wants to build muscle, we advise against following. You should consult with your doctor before beginning this diet plan.

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2 Comments

TwoFlower68 · June 7, 2022 at 10:05 am

Ooh boy, where to start? Since the beginning is the traditional place, let’s go point by point.

Affecting the kidney

A well formulated keto diet is high in fat with ADEQUATE protein. Eating too much protein can be bad for your kidneys if kidney health is already impaired. However, this has nothing to do with a ketogenic diet. You can eat too much protein on a low fat diet, just ask your average meathead at the local gym who eats nothing but chicken breast, white rice and veggies, flushed down with protein shakes.
I’d also like to point to the well known Dr Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney doctor), who uses ketogenic diets in his treatment of overweight people.
In fact, if you’re metabolism is messed up, if you’re insulin resistant, too much protein might keep you from going into ketosis.
So, high fat yes. High protein, not necessarily

IBS

Two things.
Firstly, you can eat quite a bit of fiber on a well formulated ketogenic diet. I myself like aliums (onions leek garlic etc), which have up to 40% of dry mass as soluble fibre.
Secondly, the amount of fiber you absolutely NEED is zero. Just ask anyone doing a long term carnivore diet, or historically the Masai who did great on a zero fibre diet. Folks with gut trouble might even do better eating less fiber, rather than more. There have been quite a few studies to that effect, a quick Google found this one: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3435786/

Deficiency in nutrients.

This has nothing to do with keto, if you don’t eat enough vitamins and stuff, you’re going to get deficiencies on any diet. A well formulated ketogenic diet contains all necessary nutrients.

Inflammation in bones.

It’s true that the original therapeutic ketogenic diet, as was used some hundred years ago to treat children with refractory epilepsy, had adverse effects on bone health and stunted growth of those children.
The cause of this was insufficient protein in the diet. Protein had to be kept really low to get ketones high enough to reduce seizures.
Fortunately nowadays the therapeutic ketogenic diet has lots of MCT oil, so protein intake can be increased while still keeping ketones high enough.
Presumably most people visiting this website however aren’t suffering from intractable epilepsy, so this isn’t a worry for them. A well formulated ketogenic diet has all the nutrients needed for bone health. These include calcium, protein, collagen, vit D3, vit K2, magnesium etc

Higher chance of illness and dying early.

I’m at a loss where this is coming from. There’s zero evidence that being in ketosis is hazardous for your health. Or that deriving all your fats and proteins from animal sources is detrimental to your health, I’d again like to point to the aforementioned Masai. But if you still worry about that, it’s totally possible to eat a vegetarian ketogenic diet.
There is however plenty of evidence that a modern western diet is bad for you, you just have to look around you

If you’re an athlete who wants to build muscle, we advise against following.

Lol. There’s a popular subreddit, r/ketogains, dedicated to getting swole on a ketogenic diet. I’m sure those folks would be surprised to hear your advice.

I must say I’m kinda disappointed to see this much misinformation in the very first blogpost I read on this site.
Recommended reading material: The art and science of low carbohydrate living by Phinney and Volek

Salvador · June 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

TwoFlower68 very nice comment. Well documented. I think that the post is written by seeing the extreme situations of a not very well formulated ketogenic diet. Of course, with a very well designed ketogenic diet, made by a specialist, these possibile risks are minimised.

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