Do You Recommend a Ketogenic Diet to Your Patients?

May 22, 2019

Low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diets are crossing over from weight-loss fad to medical practice. Recent research has pointed to improved fatigue and depression symptoms for multiple sclerosis patients on the diet, and improvements in nonmovement symptoms for patients with Parkinson disease.

But a ketogenic diet raises LDL cholesterol levels, and research has also linked the diet to atrial fibrillation risk. J. Nicholas Brenton, MD, from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, the investigator on the multiple sclerosis study, told Medscape Medical News that the diet may not be appropriate for patients with cardiovascular disease.

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