A growing number of people are no longer unfamiliar with the ketogenic diet, and despite some concerns about ketones, it has been shown to have many benefits in helping to lose weight and to reverse type 2 diabetes. And a recent study from Yale University found that using a ketogenic diet for a short period of time may be the most effective way.
The ketogenic diet includes eating a relatively large amount of fat and a small amount of carbohydrate to plunge the body into a “hunger pattern.” In this state, the body will switch to burning fat instead of carbohydrates; many previously overweight people report that this diet has caused them to lose significant weight, but there are also downsides, including reduced appetite and inflammation.
Some of the benefits of a ketogenic diet can last only a short time, according to a new study from Yale University. This diet has potential effects on protective immune cells called gamma T cells, which reduce the risk of inflammation and diabetes. When these cells burn fat (especially ketones) rather than sugar as a source of heat, they are “all over the body.” This change has a positive impact on health by addressing harmful inflammation and reducing the risk of diabetes. However, a long-term ketogenic diet eliminates the positive effects of gamma-t cells.
On the other hand, ketones may increase the risk of diabetes is known. In late 2018, researchers in Zurich published a study showing that the risk of type 2 diabetes eventually increased after a few weeks of taking a ketogenic diet, although the cause is unclear.
Yale University’s findings suggest that short-term use may be more effective at reducing inflammation and other health benefits than continuous ketogenic diets for weeks or months. Unfortunately, it is not clear how long it will be ideal.