Ketogenic Diets May Increase Your Diabetes Risk

Before you count yourself among the many people who have jumped on the high fat, low carbohydrate, ketogenic bandwagon, you might want to keep reading. Thatís because research found that the increasingly popular diet may significantly increase your diabetes risk.

New research in the Journal of Physiology found that animals who ate a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb) diet were at a much greater risk of becoming insulin resistant than animals who ate high fat, high carb diets. The trend toward ketogenic diets is alarming because there are serious health risks involved with them and this study shines a light on the diabetes risk.

And, if that wasnít alarming enough, research published in The Lancet Public Health found that low carb diets like ketogenics, are also linked to shorter lifespan than those that include more complex carbohydrates. Thatís not surprising when you consider that complex carbohydrates like whole grains and beans supply the brain and body with the energy or fuel they need to function.

While research like the one published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Cardiology found that ketogenic diets are effective at assisting with weight loss, the new studies show that the weight loss may come at a high costódiabetes and increased risk of death. Controversy over the high fat diet continues.

Ketogenics continues to suffer from recent scientific repercussions affecting long-term health but diets like the Mediterranean Diet and plant-based diets continue to gain in popularity from an increasing amount of research supporting their health benefits.

Recent research in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases found that plant-based diets high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans, but free of meat and poultry, yield significant heart health benefits.

The Mediterranean Diet, which is high in vegetables and fruit, olives and olive oil, small amounts of fish, and whole grains has been found to be helpful for the difficult-to-treat skin condition, psoriasis, according to recent research in the Journal of the American Medical Associationís Dermatology. The diet also has a long-established research history suggesting benefits against heart disease and cancer. And, other recent research in the American Journal of Clinichal Nutrition adds osteoporosis to the growing list of conditions improved by the Mediterranean Diet.

So, whatís the take-away from the recent research on specific diets, including keto, plant-based and Mediterranean? Simple: eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans, and some fish if you want to include it in your diet, but avoid high fat and high animal protein diets as a means to lose weight. The long-term health effects simply arenít worth the risk.

While you may (or may not) lose some fat in the short-term, you may also be left feeling anxiety, depression, nausea and experience a greater risk of diabetes and increased risk of death in the long-term. No self-respecting nutritionist or health practitioner can recommend ketogenics as a healthy diet or weight loss plan unless theyíve been hiding under a rock when the recent research surfaced.

Itís fine to have your carbs and eat them too when you choose complex varieties like grains and beans and stay clear of white sugar, refined flour and white rice. And, of course, load up on non-starchy vegetables.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-newsletter Worldís Healthiest News, the Cultured Cook, co-founder of BestPlaceinCanada, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, & Cooking.Follow her work.



Angela K
Angela K4 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Brad H4 months ago


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Brad H4 months ago


JoAnn Paris
JoAnn P4 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Trish K
Trish K4 months ago

Whats life without carbs ? Mix it up

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Peggy B4 months ago


tammy C
tammy C4 months ago

It cures it. It doesn't. Who is one to believe?

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