Keto diet triggers type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new research. It produces some questions regarding health benefits of ketogenic diets. Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that. Many studies have shown that it reduces weight by burning fats and reducing hunger.
A study by researchers in Switzerland found that mice on a ketogenic diet had a poorer ability to control blood sugar compared to mice on a high-carb, high-fat diet. They work was published in the Journal of Physiology.
In that paper, researchers wrote that although keto diet-fed mice were seen as healthy in the fasted state, they showed decreased glucose tolerance than high-fat diet-fed animals.
They explained the reason for this was that the livers of mice who were given keto diet didn’t respond to insulin as well. This condition which is known as insulin resistance causes the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the researchers, keto diets produce a metabolic state called as ketosis as it reduces carbohydrates’ intake. Ketosis is a condition in which you burn stored body fat fuel instead of glucose. The process forces the body breaks down fats into fatty acids and then switch to ketones.
“Although ketogenic diets are known to be healthy, our findings indicate that there may be an increased risk of insulin resistance with this type of diet that may lead to type 2 diabetes,” concludes study author Christian Wolfrum, who is with the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health at ETH Zürich in Switzerland.