Ketogenic Diet (Ketosis) for Metabolic Wellness
Since the Atkin’s Diet was touted in the latter half of the last century, many have observed the effectiveness of a low-carb lifestyle for weight-loss. Only in recent years have nutritional scientists discovered the regenerative and anti-aging benefits associated with periodic fasting and low-carb eating. When carbohydrates are reduced to 20 grams or less in a 24-36 hour period, healthy nutritional ketosis is observed. It is at this stage the body predominately burns fat for energy instead of glucose (blood sugars). It is now recognized that periodic ketosis is indeed very healthy. It stimulates cellular regeneration in the form of apoptosis and autophagy.
At present, the CDC reports approximately 70% of the population is obese. Obesity leads to metabolic disorders such as hypertension, insulin resistance, heart disease and cancers. Probably the most fundamental reason the epidemic of chronic disease is so widespread among western civilization, may be directly related to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type two diabetes.
It’s estimated that over 30 million US adults have diabetes. Nearly 25% percent of them don’t even know it. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has tripled. Nearly 85 million Americans have prediabetes. Periodic ketosis, either by following a ketogenic diet or by periodic fasting protocols, goes a long way at helping people avoid obesity and the aforementioned metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and perhaps all leading chronic diseases.
Is Low-carb Eating and Ketosis Bad for You?
In this interview, metabolic researcher and scientist Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, of the University of South Florida, is interviewed by fitness researcher Rhonda Patrick, PhD. They discuss the benefits of nutritional ketosis in health. For most, the information may be necessary. We simply provide it for those who may be nervous about low-carb eating and nutritional ketosis. This is a well researched area, and the benefits are too important to ignore.