Obesity is a very big problem in the United States. More than half of the American population are labeled obese. This number will climb higher if nothing is done, or not taken more seriously. In regards to Keto there have been various studies.
Several studies examined the short-term effects of a ketogenic diet. Dealing with reducing weight in obese patients. But what about long term? Some keto goers like myself make this a long life style choice. But is it healthy?
When following a ketogenic diet you are depriving your body of carbohydrates that are used to burn. Yes we already know this. Your body then goes into a state called ketosis. That’s when your body adapts and starts burning fat. Yes we already know this as well.
Study of 83 Patients
So here are the results in this present study. 83 obese patients (39 men and 44 women) with a body mass index greater than 35 kg/m2. High glucose, and cholesterol levels were selected as well.
The weight and body mass index of the patients decreased significantly. The level of total cholesterol decreased from week 1 to week 24. HDL cholesterol levels significantly increased. Whereas LDL cholesterol levels significantly decreased after treatment. The level of triglycerides decreased significantly following 24 weeks of treatment. The level of blood glucose significantly decreased. The changes in the level of urea and creatinine were not statistically significant.
Mass index, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol were some. Others like high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides.
Fasting blood sugar, urea and creatinine levels were determined. So before and after the administration of the ketogenic diet. Changes in these parameters were monitored after eight, 16 and 24 weeks of treatment.
The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients.
Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose. Also increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time did not produce any significant side effects. Therefore, the present study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet. Keto is safe for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.