7 types of people who can benefit from the keto diet
There are 7 types of people who can benefit from the keto diet but chances are they don’t realise it. For many, they just don’t know that the keto diet is a possibility or they’ve been given incorrect information.
A lot of people, for whatever reason, think they cannot eat the ketogenic diet. Perhaps they’ve been told it’s bad for their particular health issue or they heard somewhere that it’s dangerous for people who are X, Y or Z.
Here we set the record straight and look at 7 people who can benefit from the keto diet.
Who can benefit from the keto diet #1: Type 2 diabetics
This is without doubt one of the most important groups who need to realise that they can – and should – try the ketogenic diet.
It is no exaggeration to say that a diabetic’s life will be miraculously altered if they start eating ketogenically.
Diabetics can – and will – benefit greatly from keto. It’s almost as if the keto diet was designed for them. And diabetics who start a ketogenic diet are most likely to benefit, almost immediately.
Diabetics have a very disrupted glucose and insulin metabolism because of the years of crappy foods they’ve been eating for much of their life. If diabetics don’t switch to a ketogenic diet and continue to eat as they have always done, the future is unlikely to hold anything pleasant for them healthwise.
Diabetic complications include:
- amputation (due to infections in the feet and fingers)
- vision problems including sight loss
- heart attack/stroke
- ulcers and sores
- higher risk of cancer
- nerve damage
- kidney disease or kidney failure (requiring dialysis)
- recurring infections
- dental problems
This is not to mention the mental and emotional toll of living a depressing, miserable life.
There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes – but you can reverse it through diet change and weight loss. Keto is both. But you have to start. We understand that changing old habits and starting a new way of living is not easy, especially when you try to do it alone. The good news is, you’re not alone! We are here for you every step of the way and we make starting keto easy. Take our 30 days keto challenge and take the first step to transforming the rest of your life – as these people have done.
Who can benefit from the keto diet #2: Type 1 diabetics
A Type 2 diabetic can more or less do keto on their own. A Type 1 diabetic however should only do keto in consultation with their doctor who can slowly and safely help them lower their insulin as they lower their carbs.
Unlike Type 2 diabetes, Type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, it just happens and researchers are still not sure what causes it. Type 1 diabetes is rarer than Type 2, making up only about 10% of diabetes cases.
When you have Type 1 diabetes, your body attacks the cells in your pancreas that make insulin, so you can’t produce any insulin at all. And we all need insulin to live. It does an essential job. It allows the glucose in our blood to enter our cells and fuel our bodies.
When you have Type 1 diabetes, your body still breaks down the carbohydrate from food and drink and turns it into glucose (sugar). But when the glucose enters your bloodstream, there’s no insulin to allow it into your body’s cells. More and more glucose then builds up in your bloodstream until the level of glucose in your blood becomes too high.
You need daily injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose levels under control.
Managing type 1 diabetes can take time to get used to, but you can still do all the things you enjoy.
Who can benefit from the keto diet #3: Prediabetics
Millions of people around the world are prediabetic. Prediabetes means that your blood sugars are higher than usual, but not high enough for you to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. You should take it as a warning sign that you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. You’ve been given an opportunity to put things right and that’s a gift, it really is – but you need to take it seriously and make some positive lifestyle changes.
The good news is that if you are diagnosed as prediabetic you do not have diabetes yet and you have the opportunity to make changes to minimise your chance of becoming diabetic. (However, if you start to display signs of diabetes, you probably have already developed it).
If your HbA1c levels start to creep up, you’re prediabetic and you are destined to become a Type 2 diabetic if you don’t change your lifestyle – particularly your way of eating. If you are prediabetic, you can reverse the trend by switching to a keto diet.
Keto can reverse your prediabetes, insulin resistance and obesity – that’s incredible when you stop to think about it.
Besides starting to eat ketogenically, other things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes include:
- Managing your weight. Keto does this for you. Even losing just 5% of your body weight can significantly reduce your risk.
- Do some exercise. Being inactive is linked with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. You don’t have to exercise like you’re training for the Olympics – just increasing your heart rate for 20 minutes a day is a great start. Cycling to work, walking to the shops, going out on your lunch break, a short session at the gym – all these help lower your risk of diabetes.
Who can benefit from the keto diet #3: People with fatty liver
Fatty liver is when fat builds up in your liver to harmful levels. Having small amounts of fat in your liver is normal, but too much can become a health problem.
Your liver is the second largest organ in your body. It helps process nutrients from food and drinks and filters harmful substances from your blood. Too much fat in your liver can cause liver inflammation, which can damage your liver and create scarring. In severe cases, this scarring can lead to liver failure.
People with fatty liver disease are sometimes told they should not do keto – and this is ridiculous. No other diet on the planet reverses fatty liver like the ketogenic diet (and/or intermittent fasting).
The name fatty liver is misleading. It should really be called sugary liver because fatty liver is caused by consuming too much sugar, drinking too much fructose, drinking too much alcohol (that converts to sugar). It’s not caused by eating fat.
When you switch to a high level of healthy fats, moderate protein, near zero sugar and carbs, your body burns up the fat in your pancreas and liver very quickly once it becomes keto adapted. And so keto is absolutely the diet that someone with fatty liver should eat.
#4 People with kidney disease
As with fatty liver, people with kidney disease are often told to avoid fat and protein. This has no scientific basis. It just “sounds” like good advice but it’s unfounded.
The leading cause of kidney disease, kidney failure and needing kidney dialysis is Type 2 diabetes.
It all comes back to the high-sugar, high-carb diet that most people eat in the West: the grains, the sugars, the carbs, drinking lots of fructose, milk, soft drinks – this is what destroys kidneys, not high healthy fats.
There is zero research showing that healthy fats and/or moderate protein causes kidney disease or is bad for your kidneys. If you have kidney disease, talk to your doctor and strongly consider eating keto and cutting out the high sugar, carbs and starches.
#5: People with cancer
Keto is not a cure for cancer but it has some powerful anti-cancer properties (for certain types of cancer). There is no diet that has more supporting research to show it slows down cancer than the keto diet (in animal subjects).
Whilst they are animal studies, there has been research that shows the keto diet can dramatically slow down or even stop the spread of some types of cancer. Find out more about keto and cancer.
#6: People with joint disease and inflammation
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or any other inflammation diseases, you should consider eating keto. No other diet has been shown to reverse arthritic inflammation (and the associated chronic pain of these conditions) like keto.
If you have gout, your uric acid may go up a little when you first start keto but after 6-12 weeks of steady keto, your uric acid will fall to levels below when you first started. You will have fewer and less severe gout attacks on the keto diet.
#7: People who suffer from heartburn and reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (oesophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your oesophagus.
Many people experience acid reflux from time to time. GERD is mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week, or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.
The ketogenic way of eating can eliminate these symptoms.
If you have – or know anyone who has – any of these conditions, consider trying the keto diet. You have a little to lose and a lot to gain. Try it in consultation with your doctor where necessary and see what keto can do for you.