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The KETO diet...?

One of the diets that is really popular right now is the KETO diet.

KETO is short for ketogenic- meaning “producing ketones”.

In this diet, the goal is to eat few enough carbohydrates that the body needs to convert fat molecules into an alternative fuel source known as ketones.

Ketones are produced in the liver from fat. In a ketogenic diet, the body runs on ketones, thus burning fat 24/7.

Insulin levels are reduced and fat burning goes way up.

That’s great, but there are people who absolutely SHOULD NOT eat a ketogenic diet without medical supervision, including people with diabetes and those with hypertension (high blood pressure) who are taking medications for these conditions.

When the diet works well, both diabetic and hypertensive patients can see dramatic reductions in their need for medications, requiring changes in medication dosages to keep you safe and healthy.

Diabetics also can end up in a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis.

Losing weight is great for diabetes and hypertension, but always keep your healthcare provider in the loop about what is happening with your body to avoid problems.

Beverly J. Howard, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

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