What Should We Believe?
The ketogenic diet has recently become a major health trend, more and more people are learning about the amazing benefits of being in a state of ketosis. New products and information are flooding the market everyday which leaves us consumers in a state of uncertainty. Is this unconventional method of eating really all that it’s hyped up to be? Some say it is while others are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. A major concern floating around in the community is the possibility of kidney damage while leading a ketogenic lifestyle. In order to determine if ketosis contributes to kidney dysfunction we have to first take a look at the primary causes for kidney disease.
What Causes It and How?
According to Kidney.Org, the main causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.
“In the United States the two leading causes of kidney failure, also called end stage kidney disease or ESRD, are diabetes (also called Type 2, or adult onset diabetes) and high blood pressure”
Diabetes injures the small blood vessels in the kidneys so it is no longer able to properly clean and filter your blood. This leads to a build-up of toxins in your body and high blood pressure. Poor eating habits for an extended period of time damage the kidneys more and more but there is a way to reverse this issue before it is too late! In order to tackle this issue from its core, you have to be willing to change your way of life and most importantly your eating habits. What’s the best way to reverse diabetes you ask?
A LOW CARB KETOGENIC DIET CAN REVERSE DIABETES! A research published in 2005 proves this theory. Twenty eight over-weight patients with type 2 diabetes were recruited to partake in this study. Seventeen of the twenty eight participants either discontinued or decreased their diabetes medication within 16 weeks. If you want to read more about the study, click here. Whether you’re leading a ketogenic lifestyle for the health benefits or the weight-loss, this study proves you’re stepping in the right direction.
Kidney Dysfunction Symptoms
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep problems
- Changes in how much you urinate
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If we digest the information provided above we can draw a valid conclusion about the role of the ketogenic diet on kidney function.
- The ketogenic lifestyle keeps blood glucose levels low
- Low blood glucose levels will in turn regulate and even reverse diabetes
- If diabetes is no longer an issue, there is a lower chance for kidney disfunction.
- Reversing diabetes can in turn reverse early kidney damage.
Please Note: I am not a doctor and my conclusions are all based on the research I have done that is readily available on the web. It’s always better to be safe than sorry! Make sure to check with your doctor before you make any big changes to your diet or lifestyle.