Trending ketogenic diets, which are low carbohydrate, high fat eating plans that can to lead to weight loss, may cause an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to new research by ETH Zurich and the University Children’s Hospital Zurich. Researchers showed that even though ketogenic diet fed animals appear healthy in the fasted state, they exhibit decreased glucose tolerance.
This effect stems from blunted suppression of hepatic glucose production by insulin, rather than impaired glucose clearance and tissue glucose uptake. The researchers showed that for ketogenic diets, the process for controlling blood sugar levels does not work properly and there was insulin resistance in the liver. When the liver is unable to respond to normal levels of insulin to control blood sugar levels this may lead to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Lightbulb Moment: This study comes as no surprise to the medical community. Put yourself into a state of ketogenesis and there will be a price to pay. This study was able to pinpoint one of its effects. Ketones, created as a result of following this diet causes irreversible brain damage to unborn fetuses. They don’t cause brain damage in adults because Ketones cannot cross the blood/brain barrier, but they still act as a toxin to the liver.