Is Keto for Seniors?
Is the ketogenic diet suitable for seniors?
We believe the keto diet is good probably the best diet for seniors and here are our reasons. The ketogenic gives anyone aged 50+ all the vitamins minerals protein, essential fatty, acids essential amino acids they need for their best health. But before we look further into this, let’s consider what seniors require in a healthy diet.
What happens to our bodies as we age
Without exception, as we become older we become more insulin resistant. This is a medical fact: on average, we get more insulin resistant. We become more likely to suffer from chronic inflammation. Vitamins and minerals are harder to absorb so we really need to make sure we’re getting the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that we need in our diets in large enough amounts. Vitamin and mineral deficiency can be a real problem among older people.
As we age, we also tend to lose muscle mass if we’re not being very vigilant about this. Bone density is next to go (which is a big deal). Those are all the things that are going to happen to all of us as we get older, if we don’t eat the proper diet and live the proper lifestyle.
Keto for seniors – countering popular misconceptions
There are many scare tactics that you’ll see out there in the mainstream media and other expert YouTube channels or websites attacking the keto diet.
First, you’ll hear, “There’s no research that shows that Keto safe for your age group.” That’s true, but here’s what you may not have ever heard before or ever thought about. There is no research showing that the standard American diet is safe for seniors to eat.
How we eat today is a hangover of a big experiment that we started about sixty years ago of eating all these carbohydrates and no one knows if it’s safe or not. The research has never been done. There’s no research that shows that the American Diabetes Association diet is safe for seniors or for diabetics even for that matter. There’s no research that shows that the American Medical Association’s diet is safe for seniors. Indeed, there’s research that shows that cutting your salt as much as the American Heart Association recommends is actually bad for you. It lowers your lifespan, lowers your health span.
It’s even bad for people with congestive heart failure to limit their salt intake as much as the AHA suggests. There’s no compelling research backing up any of traditional diets.
“Keto is very hard and very restrictive”
This is a common complaint and misconception – that keto is hard to do most people can’t do it.
Keto requires some planning when you’re starting out but it’s simply a habit shift. The fact is, once you begin, it’s a natural and satisfying way to eat. Unlike other diets, it’s high in satiating fats and so you are not constantly fighting hunger pangs. Better yet, there are many ready-made keto meal plans that you can use to make following the keto diet a cinch.
It’s common to hear comments such as “I’m doing a very fatty meat heavy brand of Keto called “Carnivore”. I find it to be fun and delicious and enjoyable”; “I don’t have any problem fasting because I’m eating so much good healthy fat. I’m just not hungry and so that really helps a lot” and “I find ketogenic way of eating to be very easy.”
“Saturated fat is very bad for you”
First of all, you get saturated fat in vegetables and in meat. And, actually, fatty meat like red meats – like pork, beef and lamb – also have plenty of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well as saturated fat. They’re actually the perfect blend of all the good healthy fats that you need.
Now, there’s some research showing that fats are bad for you – but there’s such a thing as good and bad fats. Yes, if you’re going to fill your body with unhealthy trans fats, you’re heading for trouble. But we’re not talking about bad fats; we’re talking about consuming healthy fats.
There’s some very cursory research that just might show a correlation between eating fat and healthy issues – but when you actually dig into this data, it’s basically biased by the researcher’s opinion that you should eat a plant-based diet. The research is skewed to try to prove that fatty meat is bad for you.
We know of no research that compels us to worry about eating lots of fatty meat.
“Salt is bad for you”
The next you’ll hear is those salts bad for you and since there’s a lot of salt in Keto “it must be bad for you”.
We encourage you to read, “The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got it All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life” by Dr James D Nichol Antonio. This is a great book. Salt is good for you. We need salt. If you ever bite your tongue and taste your blood, it’s salty. It’s supposed to be salty. Mammals need lots of salt to be healthy.
Salt is bad for you is just a myth. Humans have been eating as much salt as they could get their hands on for millennia. Now the fad is to limit your salt and that’s just exactly what it is – a fad. It’s a fad based on no meaningful research whatsoever.
We recommend keto for seniors
The keto diet is good for seniors, especially if your goals are to:
- increase your mental acuity;
- decrease your risk of dementia;
- shed a few pounds;
- have tonnes more energy;
- increase your bone density and bone strength;
- increase your muscle tone and your muscle mass;
- decrease chronic inflammation in your body then…
Keto is suitable for seniors. Give it a six or eight week try and we think at the end of that time, you’re going to feel so much better. We believe you will instinctively know and feel that this is the way you should eat for the rest of your life. A life, we predict, will be long, healthy, happy and full of adventures! Is keto for seniors? Definitely.