High fat low carb ketogenic diets once were regarded as a dangerous fad. But several recent studies have shown low carb diets are the most effective way to win at weight loss and improve heart health. In addition, some scientists are using them to battle conditions ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis. Now a new study shows that consuming high fat dairy products, as recommended on low carb diets, helps to reduce the risk of diabetes, reported Forbes. And the study reflects the truth in the title of the bestseller: “Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.”
Researchers discovered that participants who enjoyed eight daily portions of high fat dairy products such as cream reduced their risk of diabetes by 23 percent. Eight portions equals six ounces of whole milk or about approximately two and a half tablespoons of cream. Low-fat dairy products did not provide the same benefits.
High fat low carb ketogenic diets also can help patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Jack Osbourne uses a Paleo version of a high fat low-carb ketogenic Paleo diet for his multiple sclerosis, for example, and Dr. Terry Wahls devised a Paleo ketogenic diet to battle her own MS, detailed in her book “The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine.”
But an increasing number of people with cancer are turning to a ketogenic diet as well. For Russell Pyle, diagnosed with bladder cancer, the combination of this type of low carb diet with alternative medicine saved his life, reported Charisma News.
Pyle used a ketogenic diet after he learned that his cancer would not respond to chemotherapy. Combining it with holistic options such as high doses of vitamin C and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Pyle was declared cancer-free after just three months. He also incorporated a mainstream treatment with Bacillus Calmett-Guerin (BCG), designed to help fight bladder toxins.
Alix Hayden currently uses a ketogenic diet to battle her own cancer. She uses the term “therapeutic ketosis,” writing in a Sept. 15 blog that she feels that the phrase appropriately describes the need to be vigilant about data.
For those using a high fat low carb ketogenic diet for weight loss, measuring ketones is important. But in using a ketogenic diet to “starve” a brain tumor, as Alix is doing, it’s essential.
“In my personal experience using this approach to “starve” my brain tumour, I find I can become quite the data junkie, measuring blood levels of both glucose and ketones up to four times a day, because in my mind, the optimal levels of both are perhaps what’s required to have a therapeutic effect,” she says.