Keto Diet Can Lead to Seven Dangerous Diseases – Study

Previous studies have shown that a ketogenic diet can be beneficial for a number of diseases. Now scientists say the opposite.

The keto diet is very popular among those who want to lose weight, but it turned out that it is not as safe as it is popularized. Scientists have found that it can provoke seven life-threatening diseases, including heart and kidney problems and the development of dementia.

A ketogenic diet involves reducing carbohydrates in the diet and eating high-fat foods (avocados, asparagus, cheese, butter, and meat) and seafood on a daily basis.

It is noted that previous studies have shown that the keto diet can be useful for diabetes and epilepsy, as well as certain types of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. A new study shows quite the opposite.

Dietitian Lee Crosby, who is the manager of the nutrition education program at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and his team concluded that the keto diet is only useful as part of a comprehensive treatment for epilepsy. Otherwise, it increases the risk of the following seven diseases:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • kidney failure;
  • kidney disease;
  • neural tube defects in newborns.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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