Keto Diet : Is it Safe ?
Keto Diet is not safe for all
“Keto Diet” is actually called “The Ketogenic Diet”. The trendy ketogenic diet is weight loss diet and it seems to be one that everyone is asking most about. But In the long run, the keto diet may pose risk of kidney stones, osteoporosis; says Experts.
A ketogenic diet is not safe for all. It is recommended to patients who suffer from epilepsy, but should be practiced under the guidance of doctors, says the department of nutrition in a Harvard Health Letter.
Ketones are produced in the liver which stores fat. Burning fat in this manner shows instant results and hence it has become very popular.
According to Deccan Chronicle Hyderabad News; Dr Zeenath Fatima, a consultant nutritionist, said, “Researches have shown only short-term benefits with a ketogenic diet. In the long term it poses higher risk of kidney stones, osteoporosis and increased levels of uric acid in the blood which may lead to gout.”
Dr G. Hari Kishan said, “Following fads blindly is not recommended. Diet plans must be taken up on the advice of a nutritionist and after proper evaluation by a physician. When this is done, the damage to the body is immediately identified and there are measures to control the same.”
According to Dr Janaki Srinath, a senior nutritionist, “The problem is that people follow fads without knowing what their body actually requires. The scientific method is setting small targets in terms of weight loss as its impact lasts long. Quick methods show quick results but the effect is not long-lasting. People look for quick results and end up harming themselves.”
Risks Associated With the Keto Diet
- Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- The keto flu: flu-like symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue; This side effect is so common that there’s a name for it “the keto flu”.
- Kidney stones
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Decreased bone mineral density, and gastrointestinal distress.
- If you are following a high-fat diet, you’ll increase your intake of unhealthy trans and saturated fats. These “bad” fats are found in things like red meat, poultry skin, cheese, and butter and can lead to an increased risk of bad cholesterol and heart disease.
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