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What are the benefits of ketogenic diets?

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Some research suggests that ketogenic diets might help lower your risk of heart disease. Other studies show specific very-low-carb diets help people with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Researchers are also studying the effects of these diets on acne, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and nervous system diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's disease.

From: What Is Ketosis? WebMD Medical Reference

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Dashti, H. Fall 2004. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology,

Manninen, A. December 2004. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

Turner, Z. June 2006. Practical Gastroenterology,

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Ketogenic Diet Center," "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

The American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones," "Checking for Ketones."

Wood, E. August 2004. Thyroid,

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 17, 2017

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SOURCES:

Paoli, A. June 2013. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Dashti, H. Fall 2004. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology,

Manninen, A. December 2004. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

Turner, Z. June 2006. Practical Gastroenterology,

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Ketogenic Diet Center," "Ketone Testing: What You Need to Know."

The American Diabetes Association: "DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones," "Checking for Ketones."

Wood, E. August 2004. Thyroid,

Scott & White Healthcare. "Metabolic Acidosis."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 17, 2017

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