Is ketogenic diet safe to have to reduce high cholesterol?
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Ketogenic diets are rich in fat, with moderate protein and low carbohydrate content. Reduced carbohydrate in the diet triggers the generation of Ketone bodies during metabolism of fat.
Our body can use these ketone bodies in place of glucose to fulfill its energy needs. In fact, certain body parts / organs prefer ketone over glucose as the fuel. Lack of carbohydrates accelerates fat metabolism for increased production of ketone bodies. This results in reduction of the accumulated fat and hence weight.
Ketogenic diets may cause diabetic ketoacidosis in people with insulin resistance, type 1 diabetes and insulin dependent type 2 diabetes. Also, fatigue, weakness, headache and general but mild irritability is seen during the transition period. This actually is the phase in which the body is getting adjusted to the use of fat and ketone for its energy requirements. The symptoms settle within a week in most cases. Once adapted, a person needs to stick to the diet as withdrawal may lead to increase in weight. I would also recommend cholesterol check ups during the transition phase.
Following the ketogenic diets help in management of cardiovascular risk factors, weight, non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes and even epilepsy.
Ketogenic diets which are not too low in carbs are mostly safe and may be followed. However, since your husband is in pre diabetic stage and has history of CAD, I would advise you to talk to your health care provider about his sugar levels before starting the diet. His cholesterol values along with blood sugars need to be moderated frequently until the body is able to handle excess fats.
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